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Lawsuit: Feds ignored climate in Utah lease sales

PUBLIC LANDS: A lawsuit filed by environmental groups claims federal officials violated the law by failing to analyze climate impacts before approving 130 oil and gas leases in Utah. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
The U.S. House votes to reverse the 2017 law that allows oil and gas drilling in part of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as the Interior Department releases a plan calling for drilling on the entire coastal plain. (Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News)
Federal officials say steps can still be taken to protect sensitive Utah sites from drilling impacts. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Sacramento’s municipal utility prepares to test a hyperlocal EV charging program that will use blockchain software to track customer rewards. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Arizona communities adversely impacted by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine could apply for federal aid under a bill aiming to help those communities transition to new industries. (AZ Central)

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration’s request for $130 million to restart the licensing process for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository was not included in the Senate-approved $49 billion spending bill for the Department of Energy. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL & GAS:
BP’s CEO says the company’s sale of Alaska assets is part of a plan to help curb global emissions. (Anchorage Daily News)
A partnership between New Mexico and a state university aims to find better ways to recycle fracking wastewater. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Oilfield service company Baker Hughes says it will fight the State of Alaska’s charges of assault in connection with the release of chemicals five years ago at a Kenai chemical plant. (Associated Press)
Oil and gas producers in the Permian Basin signaled their intent to stay in the region for decades during the annual Carlsbad Mayor’s Energy Summit, expressing optimism the industry’s growth. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
An Alaska school finally relocated its fuel tanks in an effort to prevent a diesel spill as erosion threatens storage tanks along a river. (KYUK)

WIND: Construction is set to begin this fall on the Pacificorp-owned 114-turbine Pryor Mountain Wind Project near Billings, Montana. (Billings Gazette)

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UTILITIES: California utility PG&E’s quick fall from political power is documented in a new report. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY:
The director of a New Mexico co-op that left Tri-State Generation to pursue cleaner energy congratulates another member utility for its settlement agreement. (Albuquerque Journal)
A Wyoming editorial board says the state is overdue to take measures to protect itself against the bankruptcies of coal and other minerals companies. (Powell Tribune)
A Colorado conservation organization backs Gov. Jared Polis’s executive order directing state agencies to prioritize protections for big game migratory corridors and winter ranges over oil and gas leasing. (Colorado Independent)
A San Francisco business journal says that the city’s $2.5 billion proposal to buy PG&E’s electricity network in the municipality could be taken more seriously if hard questions were being asked first. (San Francisco Business Times)

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