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Study: Depth a factor in earthquakes caused by injection wells

• Man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma are tied to how deep wastewater from fracking is injected into the ground, a new study shows. (Associated Press)
• The boom in shale production in Texas and North Dakota is shifting global crude investments. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Dallas electricity giant Oncor agrees to help more of its low-income customers make their homes more energy efficient in a deal that locked up stakeholder support for Sempra Energy’s $9.45 billion bid to buy the utility. (Utility Dive)

• Xcel Energy’s plan to close two coal-fired power plants near Pueblo, Colorado draws support from the public at a recent meeting of state utility regulators. (Denver Post)
• Environmentalists and New Mexico’s largest electric utility will square off this weekend during the debate of legislation that seeks to offset the power provider’s cost of retiring a coal-fired plant. (New Mexico Political Report)

PUBLIC LANDS: As land stripped from two former monuments in Utah opens to mining, the Trump Administration announces sweeping changes to BLM’s rules for energy production on public lands to expedite leasing. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: A Moab motel will soon run its entire facility on solar power, becoming the second business in the city to get all of its power from renewable energy. (Moab Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: Led by a Texas congressman, a coalition of 43 lawmakers are calling on House leaders to extend and expand tax credits for carbon capture. (Houston Chronicle)

• Colorado dropped from second to tenth place on a list of states with the most “green” building activity last year, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. (The Denver Channel)
• The first certified passive home in Provo, Utah is under construction. (Daily Herald)

GRID: Recent investments in the Texas grid make it one of the most modern in the nation. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: The owners of a recently expanded pipeline that transports crude oil from West Texas to Houston expect to see a 16 percent increase in crude volume because of the boom in the Permian Basin. (Reuters)

• A Utah lawmaker applauds the state’s environmental regulators for adopting new air quality rules for oil and gas emissions but encourages them to take more steps to ensure clean air. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Energy companies should be paying attention to the rapidly approaching day when the number of automobiles on U.S. roads begins dropping, says a Houston business columnist. (Houston Chronicle)

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