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Coal shutdowns hit Southwest tribes hard

COAL: Coal mine closures and reduced output are upending the lives of hundreds of mostly Native American workers in the Southwest, with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes set to lose millions of dollars in income. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
Giant coal company bankruptcies are transferring unwanted coal mines to virtually unknown “vulture capitalists,” as one analyst describes them. (E&E News)
As Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission undergoes changes in structure and oversight, the future of coal for the power provider looks increasingly grim. (Energy News Network)

CALIFORNIA:
Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is responding quickly to climate-related emergencies while “doing everything wrong to address what’s happening to cause them.” (New York Times)
Southern California Edison says it re-energized a 16,000-volt power line near the reported location of the oil field-threatening Maria fire about 13 minutes before it is estimated to have started. (Los Angeles Times, Reuters)
Gov. Newsom says the state will be a part of the “fundamental change” to take place in reshaping bankrupt utility PG&E. (San Francisco Business Times, subscription)

HYDROPOWER: While many see hydropower as a solution to balance variable output from renewables, building new dams is a difficult proposition. (High Country News)

OIL & GAS:
Chevron files permits to develop 17 horizontal wells as part of its latest big push in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)
A Texas company plans to develop a 540-acre oil and gas water and waste management facility in the New Mexico part of the Permian. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is positioning himself as a defender of the state’s oil and gas industry as he launches his re-election fight amid a barrage of criticism from environmental groups. (Denver Post)

PUBLIC LANDS: A new analysis on oil and gas drilling on federal land in Colorado says the amount of land leased in recent years isn’t unusual, but the location of the leases is. (Colorado Independent)

NUCLEAR: Managers of Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station are considering hydrogen gas production using surplus electricity. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES: Anchorage, Alaska is selling its Municipal Light and Power utility for almost $1 billion. (Anchorage Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
A former Sierra Club chairman says consumers will be left with outdated, inferior auto products thanks to automakers siding with Trump in his fight to bar California from setting tailpipe emissions standards. (Bloomberg)
The U.S. Representative behind the first statewide Colorado wilderness legislation to pass the U.S. House in over a decade says its Senate’s turn to step up in protecting the state from oil and gas drilling. (Denver Post)
A columnist says automakers siding with Trump in his fight with California over carbon emissions standards have nowhere to hide from activists. (Axios)
A Denver editorial board says instead of delivering promised reform, the “half-hearted” response of state officials to oil and gas pipeline dangers is “wholly inadequate.” (Denver Post)

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