Western Energy News

Oregon court says citizens were cut out of energy siting process

OVERSIGHT: The Oregon Supreme Court says state officials failed to consider public input before issuing permits for a wind farm and a natural gas plant; the ruling could have implications for other energy projects as well. (Willamette Week)

TRANSPORTATION: Thirteen states including California, Oregon and Washington sue the Trump Administration, arguing it broke the law by cutting penalties for automakers that do not meet Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. (The Hill)

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COAL:
• Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of two  Blackjewel LLC coal mines in Wyoming and one in West Virginia, subject to a federal bankruptcy judge’s approval today. (Associated Press)
• Residents raise concerns about plans to expand a Colorado coal mine. (The Journal)
• The operator of the Colstrip power plant in Montana tells lawmakers the facility continues to lose money, as a utility official says the state will have to import energy if the plant closes. (Billings Gazette, Great Falls Record)
• Reclamation work at the Navajo Mine in New Mexico is proceeding on schedule. (Farmington Daily Times)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado regulators plan a quick timetable for public outreach, saying they have heard “loud and clear” that citizens want tougher rules to protect public health. (Denver Post)
Oil and gas drilling in Adams County, Colorado could become more difficult as local officials consider a 1,000-foot setback for new wells. (Denver Post)
The worker who reportedly died after a fire broke out at an oil and gas site in Weld County, Colorado actually died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound says the County Coroner. (Denver Post)
United Airlines will offer direct flights from Denver to Hobbs, New Mexico, a sign of growing economic activity in the Permian Basin. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A California nonprofit plans to open its own solar panel manufacturing plant with an eye toward serving low-income customers. (Los Angeles Business Journal)

NUCLEAR: A dispute in Congress over the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site centers on whether Nevada should have veto power over the project. (Nevada Independent)

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EFFICIENCY: Solar advocates in Oregon urge people to dry their laundry on clotheslines to save energy. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

COMMENTARY:
Elected officials from Colorado and New Mexico are concerned about the impact of the oil and gas industry’s Four Corners methane cloud, the largest source of methane pollution in North America. (Durango Herald)
A Montana newspaper is critical of the Interior Department’s latest plans for managing public lands favoring mining and drilling. (Billings Gazette)
A Denver Post editorial says “we don’t like ceding our authority to California” but that adopting tougher standards is the best way for Colorado to make progress on auto emissions. 

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