OIL & GAS: The Biden administration is set to approve more oil and gas drilling permits this year than have been issued in any year since former President George W. Bush was in office. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline will buy more than $150 million in carbon offsets generated by a methane abatement program at a coal mine in Southwest Virginia, spurring allegations of greenwashing. (Roanoke Times; E&E News, subscription)
• An oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands files for bankruptcy due to cost overruns and regulatory trouble, including a forced shutdown in May over fires and noxious gas releases. (Reuters)
• Traders and pipeline companies in Texas’ lightly regulated natural gas market made up to $11 billion over nine days during February’s winter storm. (Bloomberg)

OVERSIGHT: An Illinois Congress member warns that Democrats aren’t focused enough on filling the seat of outgoing FERC commissioner Neil Chatterjee or how the pick could accelerate climate priorities. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Opponents of wind and solar arrays, namely in the fishing and agriculture industries, are using large-scale protests common among fossil fuel opposers to make their opinions heard. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

COAL: An increase in contract coal mining workers in Illinois have made conditions less safe in mines and the work more grueling for miners, according to experts. (Energy News Network)

FRACKING: The U.S. EPA in 2011 approved the use of toxic chemicals that ease the flow of fracked oil but can harm the environment, internal documents show. (New York Times)

GRID:
California grid operators managed to avoid major outages even as a wildfire threatened a major transmission line and temperatures soared into the triple digits. (Los Angeles Times)
The interim president of Texas’ grid manager wants regulators to revamp pricing rules, require better backup systems, and consider an overhaul of the state’s power market. (Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE:
Most companies on the S&P 100 have committed to cutting carbon emissions, but fewer than half are actually advocating climate policies with lawmakers and some are lobbying against them, a report finds. (Grist, Bloomberg)
Florida officials investigating the collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium will weigh whether harsher conditions from climate change played a role. (WLRN)

EMISSIONS: While landfill industry operators insist the EPA overestimates methane emissions from their sites, independent regulators find the opposite is true. (Inside Climate News/WFME/NPR)

HYDROPOWER: Tribes across the Northwest call for the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington to benefit imperiled chinook salmon. (OPB)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A recently passed law in Maine requires the state to legally define environmental justice and the communities most vulnerable to the climate crisis, a difficult endeavor with major consequences for who is or isn’t included in the final definition. (Energy News Network)