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A South Texas shale play heats up as cash flows to drillers

OIL AND GAS: The oil and gas industry turns its attention to a South Texas shale play where there’s an abundance of pipelines and drilling rights are cheaper than in the prolific Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
A federal judge echoes an Interior Department conclusion: BLM didn’t adequately consult with tribal leaders when considering drilling permits near a pueblo-rich national park in New Mexico. (New Mexico Political Report)
Colorado oil and gas industry officials call a new study that links living near drilling sites with increased cancer risks “activist science.” (Greeley Tribune)
An Oklahoma City-based oil and gas company lays off 300 people, blaming several years of depressed prices. (The Oklahoman)
Oil and gas companies in Colorado maintain ownership of old, underperforming wells like the one connected to a deadly explosion last year. (Colorado Public Radio)
The liquefied natural gas industry is booming on the Texas Gulf Coast but uncertainty clouds its future as gas prices continue to fall. (Houston Public Media)

WIND: A Spanish clean energy company will build a 144 MW wind farm in Texas. (CNBC)

POLITICS:
Every Democrat in the Colorado state Senate signs a letter opposing plans to drill near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. (Colorado Politics)
Utah and Mexico form a working group to advance cooperation on energy goals. (Deseret News)

SOLAR:
An Austin utility invests in solar plus storage. (Austin Monitor)
Arizona is among a growing number of states adjusting policies to support solar plus storage. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Fighting plans to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain remains a top priority for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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UTILITIES: Pueblo, Colorado city officials hope to hire a consultant to advise them on how to break away from their current electricity provider and form their own utility. (Pueblo Chieftain)

COMMENTARY: New Mexico’s attorney general says his recent lawsuit against a Utah solar company is about stopping deceptive business practices, not clean energy. (Albuquerque Journal)

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