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Lawsuit: Fossil fuel royalty committee stacked with industry supporters

OIL & GAS: In a lawsuit filed in Montana, conservation groups allege that a federal committee reviewing fossil fuel royalties is stacked with industry supporters who have held secret meetings. (Associated Press)

• The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comments on a major new oil discovery in Alaska’s North Slope. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
• The public is asked to weigh in on the environmental impacts of fracking in central and Southern California. (Bakersfield Californian)
• A lawsuit says Anadarko Petroleum officials misled investors on safety risks before a deadly explosion in Colorado. (Greeley Tribune)

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• Burbank, California residents press their municipal utility to stop buying power from a Utah coal plant and invest in energy storage. (Los Angeles Times)
• A bank in the heart of Colorado’s coal country takes a stand against fossil fuel investments, prompting one long-time manager to quit and outrage among some customers. (CBS Denver)

UTILITIES: Citing a spike in natural gas prices, three California cities delay the launch of a community choice energy program. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

• Sacramento’s electric vehicle efforts finally gain traction with help from a $44 million Volkswagen grant. (E&E News)
• A Southern California beach town plans to add electric vehicle charging stations in an effort to attract new businesses. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: Rooftop solar in Nevada reaches a key milestone in the state’s revived net metering program. (Solar Industry Magazine)

STORAGE: Several Western states eye ambitious energy storage policies. (Utility Dive)

GREEN JOBS: A new analysis predicts a 10 percent increase in California’s advanced energy jobs over the next year. (Utility Dive)

• It’s time for Arizona regulators to take action on some “no-brainers” like restoring funding to energy efficiency programs, says the executive director of a statewide public research group. (Arizona Republic)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “slimy trail of scandals” pales in comparison to his decisions that allow coal, mining and oil and gas industries to harm public lands, says a Montana revenue director. (Denver Post)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is prioritizing drilling over Wyoming’s mule deer, says a retired state biologist. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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