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07/01/2015Construction Worker Killed Trench Collapse in Lakeville, Minn.

July 01--A construction worker was killed Tuesday afternoon in Lakeville when a trench he was working in collapsed. The victim, 51, was one of two brothers laying drain tile in a trench near a residential development when the trench collapsed, according to Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann. The other brother and fellow construction workers attempted to free the man, but the trench ...
07/02/2015Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over 2010 Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a years-long battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after a judge ruled ...
07/01/2015Mo. Regulators Rejects Plan for Multistate Wind Power Transmission Line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project. Three of the five members of the state Public Service Commission voted to reject plans for the Grain Belt Express, saying Clean Line Energy Partners failed to prove a need for the project. In a ...
07/01/2015Ohio DOT To Replace Bridge Near Columbus After Ethanol Tanker Truck Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation officials plan to replace a bridge that was charred early Wednesday morning when a tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned, caught fire and forced closures on two major highways near Ohio's capital, leading to damage possibly up to $1 million and two citations for the driver. The tanker overturned near a ramp between Interstates 270 and 70 on the west side ...
07/01/2015Advisory Committee Recommends $250M in Cuts to Minneapolis Light Rail Plan

July 01--Members of a Southwest light-rail line advisory board voted Wednesday to recommend ending the transit project at Southwest station in Eden Prairie, cutting about $250 million from the project's bottom line. This is less than the $341 million needed to get the project back to its original $1.65 billion price tag. But the mayors of towns along the line and Hennepin County have agreed to ...
06/30/2015Mayor of Tacoma, Wash. Unveils $325M Plan for Roads Projects

June 30--Voters could consider two tax issues this fall to repair and reconstruct Tacoma's increasingly ragged roads. The package has been scaled back since Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland first proposed a $500 million road repair plan in her February state of the city address. Her new $325 million proposal, which she unveiled publicly Tuesday, includes $175 million in new voter-approved ...
06/30/2015Dubai Announces Plans to Build 3-D Printed Office Building

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings. Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab ...
07/01/2015Construction Begins on $420M, 185-MW Wind Farm in Maine

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Construction has begun on a wind farm in Bingham that is anticipated to be the state's largest wind energy project. SunEdison announced Wednesday it had secured $360 million in financing for the wind farm that is expected to produce 185 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 65,000 homes. The total cost of the project is estimated at $420 million. When it's ...
06/30/2015IOC Asks Tokyo to Finalize 2020 Olympic Stadium Plan by End of July

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has called on Tokyo to finalize a plan to build the main stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics before an IOC meeting in late July, Japan's Olympic minister said Tuesday. Toshiaki Endo, newly appointed minister in charge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Games, said at a press conference that the IOC head made the request to former ...
06/30/2015Okla. Utilities Study Options After Supreme Court's Ruling on Mercury Emissions

June 30--Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities are studying their compliance options after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled narrowly against a regulation designed to cut mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants. The high court said the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken compliance costs into account when it first decided to issue the Mercury and Air ...
06/30/2015Wis. High Court Upholds Rule Allowing Wind Farm Construction Without Extra Studies

June 30--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law ...
06/30/2015Spanish Firm's Acquisition Plan for Conn. Utility Faces Rejection by State Regulators

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday moved a step toward rejecting a plan by Spain's leading electricity and natural gas utility to buy the parent company of several local energy firms in a deal valued at up to $3 billion. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying that Spain's Iberdrola has not provided "any measurable or quantifiable ...
06/30/2015Shell Secures New Federal Authorization in Pursuit of Arctic Drilling

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization allowing for the possible harassment of polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to Shell's drilling program work. Intentional harassment is not ...
06/30/2015Environmentalists Want California to Stop Offshore Fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach ...
06/30/2015Bulldozer Gets Buried in Sand at Gravel Site in Mass., Killing Worker

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters say a bulldozer has been buried by an "avalanche" of sand at a Massachusetts gravel site, killing a worker. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identifies the construction company worker killed Tuesday as 65-year-old Whitman resident Charles Pace. Plymouth fire Chief Edward Bradley says about 12 feet of sand fell on Pace and the bulldozer he was ...
06/29/201513 States Sue Over "Waters of the U.S." Definition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the "Waters of the U.S." rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is ...
06/29/2015Supreme Court Won't Hear BP Appeal Over Gulf Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeals from energy giants BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal fines for the spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The companies had argued that the oil had not ...
06/28/2015FDOT Matching Grant Expected to Help Port Tampa Bay Expansion Project

June 28--TAMPA -- While Port Tampa Bay enjoys the largest land mass of any port in the state, it lacks the deep-water access needed for future business growth, its managers say. A project now in the works off the 22nd Street Causeway will help remedy that by deepening an industrial finger of Tampa Bay and creating new acreage with fill dirt to serve as an offloading site for big ships. It will ...
06/26/2015Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern Calif. Solar Power Plant

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in Californias Mojave Desert. The Colorado River Indian Tribes sued earlier this month after Riverside County supervisors approved the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, which would cover nearly six square miles. The suit contends officials violated California environmental laws by failing to properly disclose or take ...
06/29/2015Mo. Hospital To Break Ground on $135M Expansion

June 29--Mercy Hospital Jefferson will break ground Monday on a $135 million project that mainly focuses on adding a new three-story patient tower. The project will make way for all private rooms at the 251-bed facility in Crystal City. Construction will include reconstruction of the front of the hospital to improve patient and visitor access and other extensive remodeling, according to ...
06/29/2015Developer of $3.5B Bahamas Megaresort Files for Bankruptcy

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The developer of a roughly $3.5 billion hotel-and-casino megaresort project under construction in the Bahamas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Baha Mar Ltd. announced Monday that the U.S. filings were being done "voluntarily" to hopefully complete construction and finally open the sprawling megaresort touted as the most expensive project ever undertaken ...
06/27/2015FPL: Two New Nuclear Reactors at Turkey Point Could Cost $20 Billion

June 27--While it might be difficult to grasp just how much $20 billion is, it's enough to buy 57 million Apple watches. It's also Florida Power & Light Co.'s new upper-end estimate of the cost of two new proposed nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant south of Miami. The new projected range of $13.7 billion to $20 billion, up 8.7 percent from $12.62 billion to $18.42 billion in 2014, was ...
06/26/2015Zoning Uncertainty Leaves $250M Miami Innovation Tower Project in Limbo

June 26--A city of Miami law allowing controversial billboard towers near Overtown is on the verge of being repealed, potentially throwing a developer's planned $250 million project --and possibly an entire 10-acre technology district -- into limbo. Miami commissioners on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would strike a section of the Miami 21 zoning code that allows for ...
06/28/2015Water Begins to Fill Massive Panama Canal Expansion Locks

June 28--Some 50,000 cubic meters of water per hour began to pour into the Panama Canal's new Atlantic locks earlier this month, a sign that the massive project to expand the waterway is reaching its final stages. It took five days to fill the Atlantic locks, and then the Panama Canal Authority began pumping water into the chambers of the 11-story locks on the Pacific side of the canal in ...
06/28/2015Navy Looks to Limit Construction and Development in Western Puget Sound

June 28--With little public outreach, the Navy has stealthily put thousands of acres of Puget Sound shoreline and upland off-limits to proposed and future development. Recently released documents reveal the Navy has marked a "sphere of influence" in the western Puget Sound that it can use to block developments -- even after they're well under way -- by deeming them threats to national ...

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