OIL AND GAS: An Oklahoma judge approves a request for class-action status on a lawsuit against a Tulsa energy company accused of causing earthquakes. (StateImpact Oklahoma)
• A Houston company announces plans to expand its liquefied natural gas export terminal under development in Southeast Texas. (Reuters)
• A Colorado city gives final approval to a deal that would effectively cease surface drilling within the city limits. (Longmont Times-Call)
• A conservation group is opposing BLM’s plans to lease more than 4,000 acres in northern Arizona for oil and gas development. (Kallanish Energy)
• Fort Collins, Colorado votes to join a lawsuit attempting to prohibit state regulators from granting drilling permit unless they can prove it won’t hurt human health or the environment.
NUCLEAR: An environmental law group says FirstEnergy’s subsidiaries have not set aside enough decommissioning funds to pay for the shutdown and cleanup of four reactors. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
CLEAN ENERGY: An Ohio construction firm that started out building coal and nuclear plants sees steady growth by emphasizing solar and energy efficiency projects. (Midwest Energy News)
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FRAC SAND: Wisconsin authorities are assessing environmental damage from 10 million gallons of sludge that were released from a frac sand mining settling pond to rescue a worker. (La Crosse Tribune)
COAL: Long-time coal-plant workers in southwestern Ohio are forced to decide whether to leave their communities as plants close.
POLLUTION: Pregnant women living near coal- and oil-fired power plants in California experienced fewer premature births after the plants were shut down, according to a new study. (InsideClimate News)
COAL: New studies confirm a surge in black lung disease in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. (NPR)
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OIL & GAS:
• House Democrats introduce a bill to block oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which would reverse an approval passed by Congress last year. (The Hill)
• Investors in new natural gas plants are not seeing the financial returns they had hoped for.
PIPELINES: New Hampshire’s Supreme Court rules that utilities can pass costs for new natural gas pipelines on to ratepayers; contrasting with a recent decision in Massachusetts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
TRANSMISSION: A utility spokesperson says the New Hampshire court ruling should cause regulators to reconsider rejection of the Northern Pass transmission project; a decision is expected tomorrow. (Concord Monitor, InDepthNH)
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• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign a bill authorizing $300 million in ratepayer funds to support nuclear plants in the state. (Bloomberg)
• The results of PJM’s capacity auction, expected to be released today, will likely not affect plans to retire nuclear plants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to analysts.
NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s attorney general plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy over its abandonment of the MOX nuclear project, which was supposed to turn Cold War-era weapons into fuel for power plants. (Post and Courier)
• U.S. regulators approve the first-phase of the design process for a small modular nuclear reactor, but a completed site likely won’t be in operation for at least a decade. (U.S. News & World Report)
• Dominion Energy plans to invest seed money to support GE and Hitachi in developing small modular reactors. (Utility Dive)
• Federal investment regulators appear to be investigating whether Santee Cooper did enough to warn lenders about problems with its nuclear project, according to a subpoena. (Post and Courier)
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