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Study finds almost 1,000 abandoned oil wells across Los Angeles

OIL & GAS: A new analysis of California records finds almost 1,000 deserted oil wells across the City of Los Angeles left for the state to clean up. (Los Angeles Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM says developers wanting to expand Wyoming’s Moneta Divide oilfield should “adopt and incorporate” United Nations human rights guidelines to protect vulnerable Indigenous women. (WyoFile)

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CALIFORNIA: Residents of a Northern California town are upset with how PG&E has handled trees and vegetation in installing utility poles and covered power lines. (KRCR)

EMISSIONS: A think tank official says leadership from states like Colorado in achieving zero emissions is critical to push the rest of the U.S. forward even if they don’t achieve the goals they are proposing. (Durango Herald)

Some Oregon businesses are looking at efficiency measures beyond the state’s stalled cap and trade bill. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
A Republican Oregon state senator who objects to the state’s cap and trade bill explains why she has remained at the Capitol while other colleagues walked out. (KTVZ)

• Wyoming’s House advances a bill that would subsidize carbon capture projects through residents’ electrical bills. (WyoFile)
• The small city of Craig, Colorado supports coal, but acknowledges a plan is needed to transition to renewable energy. (Colorado Public Radio)

GRID: California’s grid operator wants state regulators to consider increasing intra-day and seasonal electric sector gas usage. (Utilty Dive)

OVERSIGHT: CalGEM hosted one of 10 meetings scheduled on the future of oil drilling on the Central Coast, aiming to update new protections and rule-making efforts on the oil and gas industry. (KSBY)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Navajo Nation sees clean energy projects as the best way to take care of the land while generating revenue and providing electricity for the tribe. (Cronkite News)

POLITICS: The Trump administration appears to be keeping an open mind about two bills that would help Indian Country create its own energy and wildlife corridors. (E&E News, subscription)

STORAGE: California-based utility-scale battery developers are beginning to get financial backing from banks. (Los Angeles Times)

TRANSPORTATION: Salt Lake City’s police department unveils its new pursuit-certified hybrid patrol vehicles. (Deseret News)

UTILITIES: Avista Utilities plans to achieve Washington’s clean-energy requirements include upgrading its hydroelectric and biomass facilities, and shifting toward wind and energy generation. (Spokesman-Review)

SOLAR: Three Redwood City, California schools installed solar panels aiming to offset electricity consumption, funded by the state’s Clean Energy Jobs Act. (Climate Online)

A California editorial board says California’s Office of Emergency Services and FEMA don’t deserve PG&E wildfire settlement money for providing taxpayer funded services. (Paradise Post)
A podcast discusses how Jeff Bezos should spend the $10 billion he committed to fight the climate crisis. (Greentech Media)

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