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The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday proposed a new strategy for overseeing lands in Western Oregon, which involves increased timber harvesting, working with the Coquille Indian tribe to manage lands surrounding the Coquille Forest and protecting older, structurally complex forests that provide habitat for the northern spotted owl.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado on Thursday sued a Hecla Mining Co. unit to recover part of a $10 million cleanup effort at a Colorado mine near the site of the recent Gold King mine disaster.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected EA Engineering Science and Technology Inc.'s protest over a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental remediation contract Thursday, saying the company provided no substantial reason why EA should get the contract instead of the winner.

A California state appeals court on Wednesday said a lower court judge erred when she allowed for an end to housing subsidies for residents displaced by the massive natural gas leak from Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility.

Michigan state officials on Thursday asked a federal judge not to grant a request that they provide bottled water or water filters to residents of the city of Flint — which has been struggling to deal with a lead drinking water crisis — arguing it’s not their responsibility.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday asked an Alaska federal judge to force the company behind the proposed Pebble copper mine to turn over documents supporting its claim that the EPA’s project review caused it financial harm.

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled its final well control regulations for offshore oil and gas operations, a significant piece of the Interior Department’s response to the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Chemical manufacturer DuPont asked an Ohio federal court on Wednesday to split a man’s trial into two phases, in a lawsuit in multidistrict litigation alleging the company contaminated drinking water, which the man says led to his testicular cancer.

British energy giant National Grid and insurer ACE Ltd. have settled their $49 million dispute over pollution cleanup at three former gas plants on Long Island, New York, on the third day of what was to be a monthlong trial, a lawyer for ACE said Thursday.

The National Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups on Wednesday urged a Texas federal judge to dump TransCanada's suit over President Barack Obama's refusal to greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing Obama rightly concluded it would worsen climate change.

ExxonMobil sued the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Texas state court Wednesday over a subpoena that came as part of a publicized effort by several state attorneys general to scrutinize the company’s knowledge of climate change risks.

Nearly two dozen environmental and tribal groups called on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in a letter Wednesday to ax a more than 60-year-old easement that allows Enbridge Energy LLP to operate a pair of pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac, saying doing so was necessary to prevent a “catastrophic oil spill.”

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday asked the Fourth Circuit to allow him to avoid prison while he appeals his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety standards before a deadly explosion six years ago, saying he shouldn’t have to serve a one-year prison term before his appeal is completed.

The city of Hempstead and a group of citizens who were fighting against approval for a landfill there lost an appeal in the case Wednesday when a Texas appellate court found the state Commission on Environmental Quality had not acted in violation of its own rules by approving the project.

The federal government will pay The Boeing Co. $40.75 million to cover the cost of environmental cleanup from Air Force manufacturing operations at a Long Beach, California, plant, according to a consent decree filed Tuesday in California federal court.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's head asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to explain why it wants to reverse long-standing regulations that let individuals modify vehicles used solely for racing.

A New York federal judge gave final approval Monday to a $1.125 million settlement between disaster relief firm Prosource Technologies LLC and employees hired to perform work after Hurricane Sandy who were stiffed on overtime wages.

Activists opposed to planned residential development on a historic battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey, by the Institute for Advanced Study asked a federal judge on Monday to enjoin any further construction, saying the project is disturbing what should be a federally protected wetland.

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