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Pipeline company guilty of felony in California oil spill

PIPELINES: A Houston pipeline company has been found guilty of criminal charges in connection with a 2015 oil spill that caused catastrophic damage to a California beach. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES: A northern Colorado city moves to “time-of-day” electricity pricing in hopes of lowering energy use. (The Denver Channel)

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RENEWABLES: Citing concerns about cost and potential legal problems, the mayor of Spokane vetoes a plan for the city to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (The Spokesman-Review)

POLITICS:
• A Tucson utility announces its opposition to an Arizona clean energy ballot measure, which company officials say will increase electricity costs for ratepayers. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Colorado’s governor unsuccessfully asks proponents of an oil and gas industry-backed initiative to pull the measure off the ballot. (Colorado Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS:
• California’s governor signs two bills that would block offshore drilling by preventing the construction of infrastructure needed to move oil and gas from federal waters to state land. (Los Angeles Times)
• A federal oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico brings in $972 million, shattering a previous national record. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Outdoor groups pressure Wyoming officials to halt a federal plan to allow oil and gas drilling inside a crucial mule deer migration corridor. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A Nevada legislative committee votes to oppose a plan to drill near a mountain range in the northeastern part of the state. (Nevada Appeal)
• Colorado officials are advising people who live near oil and gas wells not to get their blood tested for pollutants, saying air monitoring is the best way to know if pollution is a health threat. (Grand Junction Daily-Sentinel)
• New Mexico regulators are considering an oil and gas company’s request to double well density in northwestern New Mexico. (New Mexico Political Report)

COAL:
• A Washington state judge backs an Oregon utility’s request to keep information about its coal plants secret. (Associated Press)
• Some members of the Navajo Nation are in New York this week to tell the prospective owner of an Arizona coal plant that the facility has polluted nearby lands for years. (Public News Service)

SOLAR:
• A Utah church installs 114 solar panels that will provide 85 percent of its energy needs. (Deseret News)
• The developer of an 18,000 panel-solar farm near Aspen refutes reports the project will get an expedited review by local planning officials. (Aspen Daily News)

CLIMATE: Activists are planning to disrupt a California climate summit over the governor’s refusal to halt oil and gas drilling in the state. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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REGULATION: California’s top utility regulator talks wildfire liability, transparency, commission ethics and then things turn testy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The governors of California and New York are “false climate prophets” because of their continued support of fossil fuels, says the executive director of a national environmental group. (The Hill)

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