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Canadian court blocks the expansion of a contentious oil pipeline

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PIPELINES: A Canadian court halts plans to expand a pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to Washington refineries after determining the Canadian government hadn’t adequately consulted with tribes along the route or considered its environmental impact. (New York Times)

COAL: Another Colorado electric cooperative is considering breaking ties with a regional power wholesaler facing customer complaints that it’s not moving fast enough to dump coal and embrace renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Hawaii’s two refineries are set to be consolidated under one owner in a $45 million deal set to close by the end of the year. (Hawaii News Now)
• Colorado saw a 52 percent decrease in methane leaks from 2015 to 2017 under a state-required oil field inspection program, according to a new report. (Associated Press)
• Oil and gas companies in Texas are anxiously watching a Colorado ballot measure to extend buffer zones between drilling sites and populated areas. (Houston Public Media)
• The BLM signs off on a company’s $1.5 billion plan to drill up to 48 oil wells on federal land in Alaska’s North Slope. (Anchorage Daily News)

SOLAR:
• A Canadian company announces it will spend $40 million to buy a solar panel production facility in Washington. (Reuters)
• Four solar projects in Oregon are set to include output insurance in their financing agreements to guarantee production. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: A former energy secretary under President Obama says California’s move to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 is “a very big deal” but that the plan faces some challenges on the path to implementation. (Axios)

TRANSMISSION: Environmentalists are praising a BLM decision to select a proposed route for a 125-mile transmission line through Arizona that avoids a national wildlife refuge. (Press release)

EFFICIENCY: A Google-owned company has partnered with a San Francisco firm to bring grid-responsive smart home thermostats to the market. (Greentech Media)

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NUCLEAR: New Mexico’s senators are asking Congress to block a federal order they say will hamper a nuclear safety board’s ability to conduct facility inspections and review critical information. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

COMMENTARY:
National monuments in Utah and elsewhere deserve better than the Trump administration’s “determined campaign to abolish environmental protections,” says the Washington Post editorial board.
• An Alaskan lawmaker rejects the notion the state hasn’t benefited much from the development of its oil reserves. (Anchorage Daily News)

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