Western Energy News

Showdown intensifies over drilling in Alaska wildlife reserve

OIL AND GAS: A vote is expected in the U.S. House today on a measure to ban drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve; Alaska’s delegation opposes the bill. (Reuters, Anchorage Daily News)

• An oilfield service company and its subsidiaries are indicted by an Anchorage, Alaska grand jury for assault in connection with the release of chemicals five years ago. (Associated Press)
• California regulators are pushing Chevron for data on its operations in Kern County’s Cymric oil field, where eight spills have happened since April. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
• The Southern Ute Indian Tribe signed a new memorandum of understanding with La Plata County, Colorado, regarding tribal oil and gas production on county-owned lands. (Durango Herald)
• A California county moves forward with an ordinance requiring modern environmental review on all new oil drilling. (VC Reporter)

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A new investigative report explores the motivations and initiatives driving Wyoming’s bid to transform the Powder River Basin into a “Carbon Valley,” focusing on high-tech products to offset a decline in output. (Financial Times, subscription)
Bankrupt Blackjewel suggests hope of its Wyoming mines reopening in a letter sent to its unemployed miners after weeks of mostly silence. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Arizona Public Service is one of three energy utilities the Idaho National Lab is partnering with to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen, with a goal of improving the long-term competitiveness of the nuclear power industry. (Associated Press)

Three major grid‐scale solar projects on Oahu totalling 110 megawatts generation are complete. (Pacific Business News)
California PV manufacturer Solaria Corp expects to double its module production capacity thanks to $40 million in public investment. (Greentech Media)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Utah agency is offering $4.9 million in grants for businesses, nonprofits, and some government entities to purchase and install electric vehicle charging stations. (Deseret News)

• A columnist says that despite the plethora of news lately about PG&E, how its bankruptcy will be reconciled is still unresolved and its proposed cap on wildfire victims’ liabilities at $17.9 billion in particular renders it a  big risk for investors. (Bloomberg)
• A Montana gubernatorial candidate is calling on fellow candidates to reject the influence of fossil fuel money in campaigning and plan for a renewable energy future. (Seeley Swan Pathfinder)

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