Political fallout of California fossil fuel disasters still taking shape

POLITICS: Fossil fuel money is flowing into a Los Angeles City Council race where shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas site is an issue. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Locals are worried about how California’s largest oil spill in nearly 30 years would affect elections and industry regulation. (Los Angeles Times)

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COAL: While Wyoming’s energy industry has always had ups and downs, some experts see the Blackjewel bankruptcy as a major inflection point and a sign of further decline.

Utility-backed front group fighting California gas bans

NATURAL GAS: Documents show a California utility is behind a purported consumer group that is fighting natural gas bans in Berkeley and other cities. (The Guardian)

UTILITIES: California utilities agree to pay $10.5 billion into a state wildfire fund in exchange for liability protection. (Los Angeles Times)

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SOLAR:
• Environmental advocates remain divided over a proposed 690 MW solar project outside Las Vegas.

Automakers strike deal with California, rebuffing Trump

TRANSPORTATION: Four major automakers strike a deal with California to recognize the state’s ability to set its own emissions standards, rebuffing a Trump administration plan to assert federal authority. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: Olympia, Washington sets a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. (Olympian)

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OIL AND GAS:
• California’s governor is calling for more oversight after touring a Chevron oil spill in Bakersfield and plans to revamp the state’s top oil regulatory agency.

Controversial natural gas terminal moves closer to approval

OIL AND GAS: A Tacoma, Washington, liquefied natural gas facility is close to final approval, to the disappointment of critics, including the Puyallup Tribe. (The News Tribune, Indian Country Today)

ALSO: An oil boom in southeastern New Mexico has caused the population of a small town to more than double in less than a decade. (KOAT)

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SOLAR:
• The Interior Department has begun taking comments on and facing criticism for Nevada’s proposed Gemini Solar Project near Las Vegas; if approved it would be the largest solar facility in the country.

More California cities considering natural gas bans

NATURAL GAS: Dozens of California cities, including San Jose and San Francisco, are looking to follow Berkeley’s lead in restricting new natural gas connections. (InsideClimate News, KRON)

UTILITIES: A Colorado co-op has reached a deal to leave its contract with Tri-State Generation, but the amount of the exit fee has not been revealed. (Mountain Town News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Regulators warn a Colorado county that the state can still override more permissive siting decisions at the local level, despite a new law allowing more local control.