Western Energy News

BLM’s new Western headquarters shares building with oil companies

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management’s new Colorado headquarters shares a building with two oil companies, an arrangement that a senator defends by saying “Washington is infested with special interests.” (Denver Post)

SOLAR: Critics says Wyoming’s solar power industry would be killed by a bill reducing benefits to small electricity generators who also use the electrical grid. (WyoFile)

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CLIMATE: Climate protests around the West on Friday ranged from thousands of people in coastal cities like Los Angeles and Seattle, down to a group of four people at a city park in Casper, Wyoming. (Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Oil City News)

CLEAN ENERGY: It’s not clear how many new jobs are being created in Hawaii’s push for cleaner energy, because no one is keeping track. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

UTILITIES:
PG&E is expected to decide this morning whether to cut power to 124,000 North California customers across nine counties due to the increased threat of wildfires. (Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E stock dropped as much as 10% in the wake of news that bondholders and wildfire victims have joined forces in an effort to take control from shareholders. (Bloomberg Quint)

COAL:
A western Colorado coal plant, originally scheduled to shut down at the end of 2022, officially retired last week after running through its last supply of on-site fuel September 9. (Denver Post)
Citing Blackjewel, a new investigative report says coal mine workers are being left with nothing as the industry continues to decline and major coal companies go bankrupt. (Fast Company)
Montana regulators are considering a proposal to install more wells to flush out and capture underground water reserves polluted by coal ash dumped into leaky holding ponds at the Colstrip power plant. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
Though flaring is closely regulated in Wyoming, the state ranks third in the U.S. for the amount of natural gas flared and vented, and the practice continues to be heavily criticized by environmental groups and some landowners. (Casper Star-Tribune)
An investment bank says Permian Basin oil producers risk a potential loss of 15% to 20% of the crude that can be recovered from wells being spaced too close together. (Houston Chronicle)
ConocoPhillips announced another seven exploration wells on the North Slope of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve as part of its winter drilling. (Anchorage Daily News)

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TRANSPORTATION: California and 22 other states sue the Trump administration to defend its authority to set fuel economy and emissions standards. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A former Alaska legislator says fixingending roughly $1 billion in oil revenue giveaways would help fix the state’s deficit. (Anchorage Daily News)
A columnist says that if PG&Eit is to thrive over the next 10 years, itPG&E will have to transform into a new kind of utility and adopt more clean energy. (Motley Fool)
A conservationist is critical of the recent lease sale of public land near South Utah’s Hovenweep National Monument to oil and gas developers. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A Montana editorial board says the state faces a bright, diverse energy future despite its troubled coal industry and the challenges of climate change. (Billings Gazette)
A Hawaii congresswoman touts the potential of wave energy. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

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