Western Energy News

Political fallout of California fossil fuel disasters still taking shape

POLITICS: Fossil fuel money is flowing into a Los Angeles City Council race where shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas site is an issue. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Locals are worried about how California’s largest oil spill in nearly 30 years would affect elections and industry regulation. (Los Angeles Times)

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COAL: While Wyoming’s energy industry has always had ups and downs, some experts see the Blackjewel bankruptcy as a major inflection point and a sign of further decline. (Casper Star Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION:
It’s still not clear whether other automakers will join a landmark deal to uphold California’s emissions standards. (E&E News)
The agreement is the latest way the state has shown it can “outwit and outlast” the Trump administration on environmental protection. (San Jose Mercury News) 

NUCLEAR: Utility officials say millions of pounds of nuclear waste stored at the San Onofre site will be safe for decades even though there is no plan yet for permanent disposal. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL AND GAS:
The plan for a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has been abandoned. (Associated Press)
A case study examines how advocates were able to derail plans for a liquefied natural gas facility in Oregon. (Daily Astorian)
The fight to shut down a Los Angeles oil rig highlights the racial inequities in energy development (Huffington Post)
The Interior Department has announced 83 parcels of public lands in Colorado will be offered as part of its quarterly oil and gas lease sale in September. (news release)
The Northern Arapaho Tribe is opposing an energy company’s proposal to discharge polluted water upstream of the federally protected Wind River because it could degrade water quality and affect tribal economic development. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR:
• An analyst says Tesla is “just barely in the solar game” three years after acquiring SolarCity. (Los Angeles Times)
• A new report says that Arizona is a leader of installed corporate solar projects with 148 megawatts. (Phoenix Business Journal)
• A Utah county is launching a solar bulk-buy program that is expected to save customers up to 30 percent of the cost of installations. (Park Record)

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TECHNOLOGY: University of Utah scientists believe they have found a method that will convert excess heat into a source of added electrical power. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
An advocate says an Arizona senator’s reluctance to acknowledge climate change while wildfires burn in the state “is nothing short of insulting.” (AZ Mirror)
An industry group says oil production can be done in a way that protects public lands. (The Hill)
While the coal industry has given a lot to Wyoming, it is important to continue exploring and expanding new solutions to counter climate change, says an advocate reflecting on a visit to Alaska. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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