U.S. Energy News

The worst oil spill in U.S. history was worse than we thought: study

OIL & GAS: The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have been up to 30% larger than previously estimated, since the oil was invisible to satellites that tracked it, according to a new academic study. (USA Today)

ALSO:
Also worse than previously thought: gas flaring in the Permian Basin when processing plants burning off excess supply are included, a study finds. (Bloomberg)
The energy company behind a proposed liquid natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon was the sole funding source of a unit in the sheriff’s office dedicated to handling the project’s security concerns. (The Intercept)
BP’s new CEO said the company would try to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, but he offered no details of how it would do so. (E&E News)
BP’s emission pledge increases pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron, which have only committed to reducing emissions from their operations. (Bloomberg)

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POLLUTION: About half of premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollution that blows in from other states, a new study finds. (New York Times)

PIPELINES:
Tribes opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline say a South Dakota bill that restores criminal penalties for urging riots would silence peaceful protesters. (Associated Press)
A fire that broke out at a natural gas pipeline supplying an Exxon refinery in Louisiana is contained, but the plant is still shut down, which could slow global oil demand. (Reuters, Dallas Morning News)

COAL: The Trump administration is considering a permit to allow strip mining on protected ridgelines in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau despite objection from environmental groups and the state’s Republican attorney general. (InsideClimate News, Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL ASH: A grand jury in Tennessee says it would support a criminal investigation into claims that a contractor for Tennessee Valley Authority failed to protect workers cleaning up the 2008 coal ash spill. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: President Trump’s reversal on further development of Yucca Mountain as a national radioactive waste repository seems to strengthen a competing Senate plan to make use of temporary sites. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

EFFICIENCY:
Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would require landlords to disclose typical utility costs to apartment-seekers. (Energy News Network)
• A draft proposal by New Jersey regulators would let utilities recover lost revenue from lower sales if attributed to efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: Tennessee Valley Authority announces that it has contracted for 484 MW of solar and 50 MW of battery storage in the past two months. (Greentech Media)

POLICY:
• Legislation in Arizona to prevent cities from banning natural gas hookups appears likely to pass. (Arizona Republic)
A new Ohio group pushes local governments to take action on clean energy after feeling stymied by state and federal lawmakers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• House Republicans release a series of bills to encourage tree planting and incentivize carbon capture and sequestration. (The Hill)

ADVOCACY: Colorado activists opposed to the Trump administration’s sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act spoke at the first of two public hearings at the EPA’s regional headquarters in Denver. (Westword)

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DIVESTMENT: The Association of Big Ten Students, which represents more than 500,000 students, passes a resolution calling on their schools to divest from coal, oil and gas companies. (Minnesota Daily)

COMMENTARY: Georgetown University student activists achieved a remarkable victory this month when the school agreed to divest from all fossil fuel holdings, an environmental studies professor writes. (The Revelator)

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