Arkansas Environment

The Nature Conservancy and BHP Billiton say a donation from the company will help improve water quality in Arkansas and aid conservation efforts near Houston.

A $14 million donation targets riverfront property and forestland in the two states. The selected sites are Greers Ferry Lake watershed in Arkansas and the Columbia Bottomlands in Texas. In Texas, the Nature Conservancy has purchased nearly 1,900 acres of forested land on the Brazos and San Bernard rivers. The bottomlands are a major stopover for migratory birds.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials say they are making progress in controlling feral hogs, which do an estimated $19 million  damage annually to row crops in the state. Officials told a legislative subcommittee Thursday that the state game officers' practice of increasing trapping since 2014 has led to a 250 percent increase in the number of recorded feral pigs being captured and killed.

Game and Fish Director Jeff Crow said controlling the population of feral pigs has important ramifications.

Bruce Westerman
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Republican U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman’s bill to revamp the management of federal forests is moving its way through Congress. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 passed the House last year 262-167, largely along partisan lines, and this week was approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.

Mayflower Oil Spill
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is siding with Exxon Mobil in the company's appeal of a fine and safety measures ordered by a federal regulatory agency after a company pipeline burst in 2013 and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a central Arkansas neighborhood.

Mayflower Oil Spill
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A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil has filed court documents challenging the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's authority to order safety measures following the March 2013 rupture of the company's Pegasus pipeline in central Arkansas.

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Arkansas Business

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a plan intended to decrease haze in two federal wildlife areas in Arkansas.

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You may have noticed more than the normal number of mushrooms popping up around Arkansas. That’s because the warm weather and several days of rain have made ripe conditions for mycelium—or fungi. 

Diamond Pipeline LLC

An evidentiary hearing at the Arkansas Public Service Commission on how the $900 million Diamond Pipeline will cross five major in-state water sources lasted less than 15 minutes on Thursday after opponents of the 440-mile crude oil line withdrew their testimony.

An earlier proposed route for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line.
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Two landowner groups along the proposed $2 billion Plains & Clean Line project filed a legal complaint Monday against the U.S. Department of Energy and the Southwestern Power Administration over the use of federal eminent domain powers in Arkansas to benefit a Texas for-profit venture group.

Diamond Pipeline LLC

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Little Rock-based Welspun Tubular has received a $47 million contract to manufacture two-thirds of the pipe needed to construct the 440-mile Diamond Pipeline, a controversial multistate project that will ship light, sweet premium grade crude oil from Cushing, Okla., to Valero Corp.’s sprawling refinery facility in Memphis, Tenn.

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