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Lawsuit: Federal government does a shoddy job inspecting pipelines on public lands

PIPELINES: A lawsuit filed in Montana accuses the federal government of failing to inspect 120,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines on public lands, mostly in the West. (Great Falls Tribune)

ALSO: A federal judge in Montana orders the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL Pipeline, dealing another setback to the project. (Reuters)

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PUBLIC LANDS: The Trump administration releases its proposed management plan for two scaled-back national monuments in Utah, citing a preference for energy development for one of them. (Associated Press)

COAL: Documents show how a St. Louis coal company wrote the game plan the federal government used to keep the largest coal plant in the West from closing. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• A new study shows how the amount of water used in fracking has soared as a result of the oil and gas boom occurring in places like the Permian Basin. (InsideClimate News)
• Some California lawmakers are trying to prevent offshore drilling by barring state land managers from approving new pipelines, a move that has failed in the past. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: New Mexico regulators are considering scrapping fees a utility is charging some rooftop solar customers, citing a study used to justify the charges as being “riddled with errors and unreliable.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)

TRANSPORTATION: Utah policy makers grapple over how to regulate the surge of electric scooters in Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake Tribune)

TRIBAL LANDS: The U.S. Department of Energy awards $9 million in funding for wind, solar and natural gas projects on tribal lands in Alaska, New Mexico, California, Idaho and six other states. (Renewables Now)

UTILITIES: Washington utilities are meeting the state’s clean energy mandates, according to a new report. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR:
• Nevada’s governor is urging state officials to gear up for another fight over plans to build a nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain despite a stalemate in Congress over the controversial project. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Some New Mexico lawmakers say they could prevent nuclear waste from being stored at a proposed site near Carlsbad despite a contrary opinion from the state’s attorney general. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

GEOTHERMAL: Alaska officials are asking residents to nominate public lands for testing that might have geothermal energy potential. (KTVA)

COMMENTARY:
• A Republican state senator says Colorado should adopt tougher vehicle emission standards to improve air quality and help the state transition to clean energy. (Denver Post)
• A Southern California utility needs to develop an adequate way to store nuclear waste at a shuttered power plant or risk a “Fukushima” level event, says a fellow at a California foundation. (Los Angeles Times)
• Citizens can fight back against government attacks on the press by supporting nonprofit news, says the head of the Institute for Nonprofit News.

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