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Colorado bill gives landowners more leverage with oil companies

OIL AND GAS: Colorado lawmakers pass a bill that would revise the state’s “forced pooling” statute for the first time since 1951. (Colorado Politics)

• A Denver energy company planning to drill near a northern Colorado school has agreed to operate mostly outside of school hours. (Greeley Tribune)
• An outdoor retail company tangles with Trump administration over its decision to shrink a national monument in Utah to spur energy development. (New York Times)
• While oilfield workers are getting snapped up for work in the Permian Basin, jobs for scientists, engineers and other knowledge-based professionals remain scarce. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR: As states like California and Arizona start to worry about excess solar on the grid at midday, a BP-backed solar developer says all of its utility scale solar bids placed on the West Coast must include storage. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: A former adult toy shop in Phoenix is the first in the state to be designated a net zero energy building. (Cronkite News)

WIND: An Oklahoma lawmaker who found a tracking device on his truck says law enforcement officials have discovered phone records linking the state wind industry to a political consultant who’s been questioned in the case. (The Oklahoman)

UTILITIES: An El Paso, Texas utility reports a $7 million loss for the first quarter. (El Paso Times)

• A New Mexico utility claims to be moving toward renewable power, but it’s a slow walk, says two of its shareholders. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Reprocessing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain is a dangerous idea, says the editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun.
• Lately, BLM has been sacrificing sound analysis and public engagement to rush lease sales the market doesn’t demand, says the former superintendent of Zion National Park. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Despite reports that some energy companies are leaving Colorado because of tough regulations, it’s hard to imagine drilling grinding to a halt anytime soon, says the editorial board of the Greeley Tribune.
• ExxonMobil and Suncor are responsible for the climate change impacts they caused, says two elected officials from Colorado counties that recently sued the two oil companies. (Denver Post)
• The president of Vestas Americas applauds Colorado Senator Cory Gardner for fighting back Congressional attempts to kill a wind industry tax credit. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• If U.S. cities can successfully sue energy companies over climate change, they could do the same thing to Oklahoma, says the editorial board of The Oklahoman.


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