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Tribe, miners file lawsuit to try to keep Arizona coal plant open

COAL: The Hopi tribe and coal mining groups have filed a lawsuit to try to force the biggest customer of an Arizona coal plant to keep buying power from the troubled facility in a bid to keep it open. (Arizona Republic)

WIND:
• A South Dakota power provider strikes a deal to provide energy from a 60 MW wind farm to be built in southern Colorado. (Post Bulletin)
• Some Oklahoma landowners opposed to a massive wind farm have received letters threatening legal action if they don’t allow officials on their property to conduct an environmental survey for the project. (Enid News & Eagle)

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NUCLEAR: A plan to store spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors is drawing a wave of opposition in New Mexico where critics say the federal government needs to study more alternatives. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A coalition of conservation groups reaches an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the recovery of an endangered bird threatened by drilling and overgrazing on public lands in Colorado and Utah. (Deseret News)
• Utah regulators are investigating scammers trying to dupe utility customers into buying insurance for gas lines. (KUTV)
• The Longmont city council throws its support behind two bills putting stricter regulations on the oil and gas industry. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The family of a Colorado man killed in a rig explosion in Oklahoma sues the owner and operator. (The Coloradoan)

 

POLITICS:
• Emails obtained by a watchdog group looking at EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s ties to the oil and gas industry show Utah’s attorney general has repeatedly sided with his Republican cohort. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• As the clean energy industry begins supporting more Republicans, a Nevada senator is one of the key recipients. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Utah’s largest natural gas utility is requesting to decrease rates by $82 million as a result of corporate tax reform and lower gas prices. (Deseret News)

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POLLUTION:
• Despite recent attempts to limit air pollution from the oil and gas industry, several Utah counties aren’t meeting federal standards for ozone. (Deseret News)
• Meanwhile, EPA officials hold off from including a neighboring Colorado county in the Utah ozone designation. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• Arizona has better investment opportunities than an outdated and failing coal plant, says a clean energy group. (The Hill)
• The president of a national Hispanic advocacy group calls on a Colorado senator to speak out against the Trump administration’s decision to open more public lands for energy development. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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