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01/28/2015$1.1B Plan to Raise Shasta Dam Takes Hit from Fed. Scientists

Jan. 28--Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback. Biologists at the main federal agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at ...
01/29/2015Senate Passes Bill Approving Construction of Keystone Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline to Canada's tar sands, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up another battle with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered Republicans, and marked the first time the Senate passed a ...
01/29/2015Southern Co. Projects 18-Month Delay for Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday. The latest delay at Plant Vogtle is another setback for a project that was supposed to prove nuclear reactors could be built on time and without the cost ...
01/29/2015Pipeline Companies Weather Downturn in Prices of Natural Gas, Oil

Jan. 29--Depressed natural gas prices are causing challenges for the energy industry, but analysts say pipeline builders in Western Pennsylvania are largely shielded from the fallout that has resulted in spending cuts by companies that drill and produce gas. "Pipelines are kind of like owning a toll booth on a highway -- once you build them, you're going to get guaranteed rates; they don't ...
01/28/2015Seattle Tunnel Contractors Not at Fault Over Soil Changes, Panel Says

Jan. 28--It isn't the fault of Highway 99 tunnel contractors that soil layers in Sodo change every few feet, says a dispute-review-board report released Tuesday afternoon. At the risk of greatly oversimplifying, this highly technical document subtly chides the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for reaping certain benefits from engineering innovations by Seattle Tunnel ...
01/29/2015N.Y. Seeks Details from Thruway Authority on T.Z. Bridge Funding Plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's new leadership at the New York Thruway Authority but no new answers for the state lawmakers who asked Thursday about how the state plans to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. The $3.9 billion bridge now under construction is set to replace the aging Hudson River crossing between Westchester and Rockland counties. But the state has provided little information ...
01/29/2015N.M. Land Commissioner Halts $2B Transmission Line Project for Further Review

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West. Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. That time period will give his office more time to ...
01/28/2015With Lower Oil Prices, Sasol Delays Plan for $14B Louisiana Plant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The collapse in world oil prices claimed a casualty in Louisiana's vital energy industry Wednesday when South Africa-based Sasol announced a delay in final investment plans for a $14 billion plant that would convert natural gas into liquid fuels. The plant near Lake Charles in southwestern Louisiana was expected to create hundreds of permanent jobs. The decision diminishes, ...
01/28/2015N.H. Wants Cost Cap on Proposed Transmission Projects

Jan. 28--A long-awaited decision on competing electricity transmission projects is expected on Feb. 18, when the operator of the New England power grid will finally release its choice for the Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire Reliability Project. Northeast Utilities, owner of PSNH, and Nextera, owner of the Seabrook nuclear power plant, are competing for the right to build new ...
01/29/2015Ohio Groups Accuse Companies of Bullying Tactics to Get Easements for Two Pipelines

Jan. 29--Five Ohio grass-roots groups have sent a letter to a federal agency to complain about tactics they say are being used by two companies that want to build natural gas pipelines across northern Ohio. The Jan. 27 letter was directed at the companies behind the Nexus and Rover pipeline projects. It was sent to Kimberly Bose, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency ...
01/27/201513 Japanese Road-Paving Firms Raided over Alleged Post-Quake Bid Rigging

The Japan Fair Trade Commission on Wednesday searched the offices of 13 major road-paving firms on suspicion they violated the anti-monopoly law by rigging their bids for projects to restore expressways damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami which devastated northeastern Japan. Among the 13 were Japan's biggest road-paving firm Nippo Corp., Maeda Road Construction Co., Nippon Road ...
01/27/2015County Official in Ky. Gets Seven Years in Prison for Post-Tornado Reconstruction Kickbacks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The former top official of a tornado-ravaged Kentucky county was sentenced to seven-plus years in prison Tuesday for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued even as his constituents struggled to rebuild from the deadly storm. As former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley tearfully begged for mercy at his sentencing, reconstruction work ...
01/27/2015FPL Plans to Build Three Solar Plants, Possible Gas-Fired Plant

Jan. 27--Juno Beach _ Florida Power & Light Co. said Monday it plans to build three solar plants in Southwest Florida by the end of 2016 that would triple its solar capacity. It also wants to build a natural-gas fired plant in Okeechobee County that would begin producing power in 2019. Because the solar photovoltaic plants in DeSoto, Manatee and Charlotte counties will each generate under 75 ...
01/27/2015Miami-Dade Contractors Alliance Sues More Than 80 Unlicensed Firms

Jan. 27--The Miami-Dade Contractors Alliance, a nonprofit organization trying to eradicate unlicensed activity in Miami-Dade's construction industry, has filed a class action lawsuit against more than 80 unlicensed contractors. Rocco DiBenedetto, owner and creator of the organization, filed the 242-page lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in November alleging that the defendants' acts are ...
01/25/2015Officials: MOX Project Not Affected by Russia Decision

Jan. 25--Reports surfaced last week that Russia is now refusing any more U.S. help protecting it's weapons-grade plutonium, but U.S. officials said the issue will not affect the Savannah River Site's MOX project because of a long-standing agreement between the two countries. A Jan. 19 article from the Boston Globe states that a three-page agreement was signed on Dec. 16 in a meeting that ...
01/26/2015David Mortenson To Succeed His Father as Head of M.A. Mortenson

Jan. 26--M. A. "Mort" Mortenson, who 46 years ago took over his father's construction firm and grew it into one of the nation's largest commercial builders, will retire and turn over leadership to his son, David, the firm said Monday. "It's time to transition to the next generation," Mortenson, 78, said in an interview. The Golden Valley-based company built or renovated many of the best-known ...
01/26/2015Manufacturer Behind Portland's Energy-Generating Water Pipe Plans Expansion

Jan. 26--Portland's new electricity-generating water pipe came from just down the road. The turbines were manufactured in Scappoose. Vancouver's Northwest Pipe Co. manufactured the pipe. The engineers who designed it all are based right here in Portland. For Lucid Energy, the company Portland has tapped to rig its water pipes with a hydropower system that will produce enough electricity to ...
01/26/2015BP Calls Witnesses as It Fights in Court for Lesser Oil Spill Penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary. "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. BP had a sound plan for reacting ...
01/26/2015Citing Environmental Issues, Mexico Kills Planned Chinese Trade Center Near Cancun

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities shut down a huge trade center development near the resort city of Cancun on Monday that was conceived as a showcase for Chinese products and had previously been fined over $1 million for environmental damage. Mexico's environmental protection agency said in a statement that the Dragon Mart Cancun project was "totally shuttered" over failure to comply with ...
01/27/2015Once Ubiquitous, Parking Garages in U.S. Cities Fall to the Wrecking Ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, ...
01/26/2015Senate Dems Block GOP Effort to Wind Down Keystone Pipeline Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That's short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute — which had the Senate working into the early hours last ...
01/26/2015Chinese Firm Seeks to Build N.J.'s Tallest Building

The tallest building in New York City is a 96-story residential complex being completed in Midtown Manhattan. Now a Chinese real estate developer plans to put up a 95-story residential tower but not in the city. It will be across the Hudson River in New Jersey's waterfront. China Overseas Inc is building the tower at 99 Hudson Street. It will have 760 condominium units and be the "most ...
01/30/2015SheerWind To Install 200 KW Wind Power Pilot Project for Tampa Electric

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- SheerWind, from Chaska, MN, is pleased to announce a pilot project to be commissioned in Apollo Beach, Florida for Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150112/168720-INFO Tampa Electric has selected the 200-KW INVELOX wind power generation to be built as a pilot project in 2015. After ...
01/24/2015East St. Louis Levee Upgrades on Schedule, Officials Say

Jan. 24--Metro East officials say they are on track to complete their share of Mississippi River levee improvements to meet federal accreditation requirements by year's end, a status linked to insurance rates in the area. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers says underground boulders near the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, an area for which it is responsible, are delaying improvements there. ...
01/23/2015Five International Firms Express Interest in Mexico High-Speed Rail Contract

Mexico City, Jan 23 (EFE).- Five companies have expressed interest in bidding for a contract to build a high-speed passenger rail link that will connect this capital with the central state of Queretaro, Mexico's communications and transportation secretary said Friday.Gerardo Ruiz Esparza did not provide names but said Chinese, Canadian, Spanish, French and Italian companies were looking to ...

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