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Green groups sue to stop Keystone oil pipeline work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop “illegal construction” on a controversial pipeline that would weave through the center of the United States to bring Canadian oil sands crude direct to Texas refineries. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and…

1.8M acres of Alaska drilling leases go up for bid

The Interior Department is offering oil and gas leases on 1.8 million acres of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve while promising to protect critical migratory bird and caribou habitat. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday that the Bureau of Land Management will offer 190 tracts, covering more than 2,800 square miles,…

Judge: Deal reached in ‘BP killing turtles’ lawsuit

UPDATE: A deal reached between BP and four environmental groups suing the company over the burning of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico will see biologists monitor future oil burns and save as many turtles as they can. The two sides involved in the litigation presented the agreement…

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