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Taxpayers could be stuck paying to clean up California oil wells

OIL AND GAS: An investigation finds thousands of idled oil and gas wells across California, and taxpayers could be left on the hook for billions of dollars in decommissioning costs. (Center for Public Integrity/Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: A New Mexico refinery is one of 10 across the U.S. found with benzene above EPA’s “action level” according to a new report (InsideClimate News)

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PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is reportedly considering eliminating environmental review requirements from public land-use plans. (Bloomberg Environment)

PG&E still faces possible takeover by California despite winning court approval for its amended bankruptcy plan. (Greentech Media)
An exploration of the possible state takeover over PG&E points out that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to give specifics about what a public acquisition would look like. (CalMatters)

CLIMATE: Federal judges heard arguments yesterday on whether California cities and counties can proceed with climate lawsuits against oil companies in state court. (Bloomberg Environment)

EFFICIENCY: A Berkeley Lab study finds energy efficiency at publicly owned utilities costs less than those that are privately owned. (Daily Californian)

New data reveals Powder River Basin coal production decreased by almost 14% in the last quarter of 2019 compared to the same period the year before. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A New Mexico state senator points out the shift from coal to renewable and clean energy sources during a meeting about the San Juan Generating Station carbon capture proposal. (Farmington Daily Times)

OVERSIGHT: State officials and lawmakers are under fire for an “informal” meeting with the University of Wyoming at which the school pitched for more than $20 million for coal and petroleum research projects. (WyoFile)

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TECHNOLOGY: A California company foresees a future where every solar project will have a storage component. (Greentech Media)

Acting BLM director William Perry Pendley counters what he says is a false narrative about relocating the agency’s headquarters to Colorado. (The Hill)
A Colorado government watchdog says the state and taxpayers are being shortchanged by poor oversight of oil and gas companies. (Colorado Politics)

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