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Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:23 -0500


INTERIOR: Is appointment of 'acting' BLM chief legal?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:23 -0500

Environmentalists are challenging the Interior Department's selection of Brian Steed as the Bureau of Land Management's new acting director, alleging his appointment runs afoul of a little-known federal law that requires employees to have served at an agency for a minimum period before they are eligible to lead it.

HURRICANE MARIA: Puerto Rico governor wants plant operator to take over utility

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:25 -0500

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has picked a longtime power plant operator to lead the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority after the bankrupt utility's CEO stepped down today.

SUPREME COURT: Justices to hear arguments in water wars

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:28 -0500

The Supreme Court will kick off the new year with back-to-back arguments in two key interstate disputes over allocation of water resources.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: DOJ urges Supreme Court to skip fight over frog habitat

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:29 -0500

The Trump administration this week asked the Supreme Court to reject petitions by timber interests and property rights advocates appealing a lower-court decision maintaining the Fish and Wildlife Service's critical habitation protections for the dusky gopher frog.

COAL: Greens challenge leases at largest U.S. mine

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:32 -0500

Environmental groups petitioned the Trump administration today to halt mining on two coal leases at the nation's largest mine.

PIPELINES: Neb. official: Keystone leak won't affect state's KXL decision

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:33 -0500

A 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline won't affect a critical decision from Nebraska regulators on whether to allow an expansion of the pipeline, a state official said today.