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Nevada braces for renewed fight over Yucca Mountain repository

NUCLEAR: Nevada braces for the renewed fight to relicense the Yucca Mountain repository. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Houston natural gas, plastics, and petrochemical companies are finding opportunities in China as the country scales back its use of coal and gets tough with industrial polluters. (Houston Chronicle)
• State regulators in New Mexico plan to start plugging hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells across the state. (Associated Press)
• A broken pipeline spills oil into an Oklahoma City suburb. (Associated Press)
• An Oklahoma City energy company increases production by 37 percent due to the renewed shale boom. (Daily Oklahoman)
• A Houston oil and gas producer says in court filings that it went out of business because it wouldn’t pay $40 million in bribes to Venezuela’s state-owned energy company. (Houston Chronicle)
• Houston-based Noble Energy and its partners reached a $15 billion agreement with other parties to export natural gas from Israel to Egypt. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: The solar industry draws lessons from a plan to expand solar energy to low-income communities in Denver. (Greentech Media)

COAL: Utah lawmakers consider spending millions to sue California over the state’s decision to penalize electricity from coal-fired power plants. (Salt Lake Tribune)

PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission faces new complexities when reviewing pipeline projects as it must consider whether it’s proper to allow the seizure of land to produce energy to be exported from the United States. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC CARS: Lawmakers in Colorado start thinking about how to implement the outgoing governor’s plan to build out the state infrastructure for electric cars. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY: The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun says the Trump administration’s desire to prop up the coal industry while setting back renewable energy research is hurting Nevada.

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