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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)

CALIFORNIA:
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)

COAL:
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)

COMMENTARY:
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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