Oregon lawmakers flee state to avoid vote on climate bill

CLIMATE: Oregon’s governor dispatches state police to round up Republican senators who left the state to avoid voting on landmark cap-and-trade legislation. (The Oregonian)

ALSO:
• Multiple states plan to sue over the Trump administration’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)
• A survey finds a majority of Americans think fossil fuel companies should pay for the damages caused by climate change. (Houston Chronicle)

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Oregon Republicans leave state to avoid climate vote

POLITICS: Oregon’s governor dispatches state police to round up Republican senators who left the state to avoid voting on landmark cap-and-trade legislation. (The Oregonian)

UTILITIES:
• Arizona regulators approve an emergency rule preventing utilities from shutting off power until mid-October. (Arizona Republic)
• California’s governor is urging lawmakers to create a wildfire fund financed by bonds to help utilities pay for damages caused by their equipment. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Colorado’s transportation chief says the state might be compelled to sue the Trump administration over its decision to freeze fuel economy standards. (Denver Post)
• California’s top air quality regulator tells lawmakers that her state is not to blame for talks breaking down with the Trump administration over its plan to take away the state’s power to set its own vehicle emission standards.

Developer plans to double Dakota Access pipeline capacity

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners plans to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

ALSO: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an anchor drop near gas pipelines in the Detroit River highlights the need for action on Line 5. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve expanded community solar as well as “rent-a-roof” programs that advocates say harm ratepayers.

Rhode Island rejects natural gas power plant

POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island regulators yesterday rejected a $1 billion natural gas plant first proposed four years ago, saying its power generation is not needed. (Providence Journal)

ALSO: Concerns about climate change are being raised as Maryland regulators have approved the conversion of a closed coal power plant to natural gas. (Baltimore Sun)

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OIL & GAS:
• The second fire in a month has broken out at a Philadelphia oil refinery that is a major gasoline supplier on the East Coast. (Bloomberg)
• A community forum in western Pennsylvania discussed the need for more study to investigate possible links between a rare cancer and shale gas drilling in the region.

Mine regulators resist calls for change despite black lung disease epidemic

COAL: Coal mine safety regulators say existing safety regulations are sufficient to protect miners from toxic black lung disease, despite calls to make them more stringent. (NPR)

ALSO: The joint venture between Peabody Energy and Arch Coal will create the country’s biggest coal company, but may not save coal. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL ASH: The new Tennessee Valley Authority head assures a Tennessee community that the company is taking steps to get rid of coal ash as it prepares to close a power plant.