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Colorado study finds short-term health risks from drilling

OIL & GAS: Colorado officials plan new restrictions on oil and gas drilling near homes after a state study finds short-term health risk from chemical exposure. (Denver Post)

ALSO: Energy investment experts say the outlook for U.S. shale is gloomy citing slowdowns in drilling, unplanned outages on the Western Gas system, poor production results, and job cuts. (Oil Price)

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CALIFORNIA:
• Amid controversy over the utility’s planned outages, PG&E’s CEO promises to improve communications as senior executives are ordered to appear before California regulators this morning. (Associated Press)
PG&E noteholders and wildfire victims file a formal reorganization plan for the utility, proposing they get effectively all of its new shares. (Reuters)
San Jose’s mayor wants the city to consider developing microgrids and buying power lines in the wake of PG&E’s power shutdowns last week. (Mercury News)
California businesses are turning to solar to keep power on during outages. (Washington Post)

COAL:
The Bureau of Land Management approved expansion of the King II coal mine near Hesperus, Colorado, maintaining 100 jobs and extending the life of the mine by 20 years. (Durango Herald)
The Navajo and Hopi Nations are grappling with the financial gap left by the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine closures. (Arizona Republic)
A Wyoming county is planning ahead for what it calls the “new norm” of declining coal revenues. (Gillette News Record)

ALASKA: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will work with Native lawmakers to protect the $1 billion fund that helps lower the high cost of energy in rural areas as part of his speech during a tense outing at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. (Anchorage Daily News) 

NUCLEAR: The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved Southern California Edison’s demolition plan for its decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The New Mexico Environment Department released data on excess greenhouse emissions from oil and gas operations as it continues to develop stricter policies to regulate air pollution. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

CLIMATE: Montana officials disagree over what efforts the state should take to combat climate change. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

HYDROPOWER: A candidate for Montana’s Public Service Commission says the commission’s approval of NorthWestern Energy’s $870 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in the state in 2014 was a poor decision. (Fairfield Sun Times)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist says the battle between Wall Street hedge funds and investment firms to control PG&E leaves no one to get behind. (Los Angeles Times)
A former candidate for California governor says the state’s extended power outages last week exposes political mismanagement that has gone on for decades. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Advocates say low income Californians must not be left behind in the state’s clean energy push. (CALmatters)
A Wyoming author and journalist ponders problems plaguing the state off the back of its coal industry failures, saying politicians have a lot of soul-searching to do. (Mountain Journal)
A columnist says there is economic life after coal, and communities need to accept that coal as a power source is coming to an end. (Gaston Gazette)
A retired environmental attorney says environmental threats to birds tell us it’s time to tackle climate change. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

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