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)

ALSO:
• 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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COAL:
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)

SOLAR:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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