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Disregarding climate change backfires on BLM

PUBLIC LANDS: Advocates say the Bureau of Land Management is trying to get ahead of potential court rulings against it for ignoring the climate impact of fossil fuel production on federal lands by suspending oil and gas leases on its own. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The House Natural Resources Committee will vote this week on legislation designating swaths of land as wilderness in California, Colorado, and Washington. (E&E News, subscription)

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EMISSIONS: California and 22 other states sue the U.S. EPA, asking a federal court to protect its right to set fuel-efficiency standards. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR:
Developers defend a proposal to build a temporary nuclear waste storage site in southeast New Mexico despite opposition from lawmakers and residents. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to vote this week on a series of energy and environmental bills, including Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (E&E News, subscription)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E’s final review of its Oct. 9 planned power safety shut-off confirms 116 incidents of wind-related damage and hazard locations. (Sierra Sun Times)
PG&E’s CEO is set to appear at California’s state capitol again today for a senate committee investigation into the utility’s recent power shut-offs. (KTXL)
PG&E may cut power for up to 540,000 Northern California residents this week because of gusty offshore winds. (San Francisco Gate)
Regulators and consumers are skeptical of the motives behind the utilities’ planned power shut-offs. (Frontline)
Legal experts say a wildfire liability system unique to California could threaten PG&E’s survival. (E&E news, subscription)
A California county and its largest city have created a new Community Choice Aggregation program to give residents a power alternative to PG&E. (Chico Enterprise-Record)

OIL & GAS:
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is set to make permit decisions on four liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas despite opposition. (Houston Chronicle)
West Los Angeles residents are calling for a “long overdue” review of a neighborhood oil site and new requirements for running it. (Los Angeles Times)
Royal Dutch Shell officials say a crude oil spill at the company’s Puget Sound, Washington oil refinery late on Friday was contained on Saturday. (Reuters)
A group seeking changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit system files a complaint in Anchorage Superior Court, saying Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer did not properly summarize the group’s ballot initiative. (Associated Press)
Weld County, Colorado officials say the county’s position as the largest oil and gas producer in the state is a driving factor for economic growth. (Greeley Tribune)

WIND: Black Hills Energy’s recently completed 60 megawatt Busch Ranch II wind project in southern Colorado is expected to start operating by the end of the year. (Denver Post)

GRID: A squirrel’s incursion into an Oregon substation caused an outage leaving about 3,000 customers without power for several hours Saturday. (Register-Guard)

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UTILITIES: The Chairman of Montana’s utility regulator is defending not mentioning a $6.5M rate increase in a recent press release. (Helena Independent Record)

COMMENTARY:
An energy podcast explores how Silicon Valley tech companies may be disadvantaging climate and clean energy on their platforms. (Greentech Media)
A California editorial board says PG&E’s ongoing problems are a too-big-to-fail scenario playing out in the state’s energy sector. (Stockton Record)

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