OIL & GAS: A county council in Washington state passes an emergency moratorium to suspend new permits for shipments of crude oil, citing health and safety concerns. (Bellingham Herald)

Major fuel refiners are on track to pay record amounts for credits to comply with U.S. renewable fuel rules. (Reuters)
• Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. is giving away its shale holdings in the Barnett region in North Texas to escape $1.9 billion in costs. (Bloomberg)
• Low oil prices and a surge in bankruptcies are helping private equity firms buy more cheap energy assets. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES: Native Americans block crews constructing an oil pipeline in North Dakota, while Iowa landowners ask a judge to halt work on the portion of the pipeline in their state. (Associated Press)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Roanoke, Virginia, is improving the energy efficiency of its municipal buildings with the help of new software that projects rates of return on efficiency investments. (Southeast Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: Low funding for transit is making it difficult for Ohio to cut down on its transportation emissions. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: Utilities are well positioned to enhance EV infrastructure, but many are waiting for a push from regulators and the market. (Utility Dive)

• Donald Trump promises coal miners in rural Virginia that he will put them back to work. (Associated Press)
• Duke Energy wants customers in South Carolina to pay a 14.5 percent rate increase to fund its cleanup of 34 coal ash ponds. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• St. Louis-based coal producer Peabody Energy comes closer to emerging from bankruptcy with the approval of a 5-year business plan. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Time is running short for extending California’s climate law. (Associated Press)
• A bipartisan group of California mayors is urging lawmakers to approve legislation that would extend the state’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Los Angeles Times)

• An oversight by county officials in California leads to solar panels being installed on a tribal burial ground. (Mercury News)
• The top two U.S. solar manufacturers are shifting focus to rooftops and panel sales due to a decline in utilities buying solar power. (Bloomberg)
• The second-largest U.S. panel producer expects to lose as much as $175 million this year, plunging shares to seven-year lows. (Bloomberg)
• Tesla’s Elon Musk has announced two new solar products, including one that could disrupt the roofing industry. (EcoWatch)

POLLUTION: More than 2,000 Southern Californians die early each year from polluted air, according to a new study. (Los Angeles Times)

• Environmental groups are dropping a legal battle over the use of river water by a planned nuclear plant in eastern Utah. (Deseret News)
• Illinois leaders encourage state lawmakers to follow New York’s energy model to preserve several of the state’s struggling nuclear plants. (Quad-City Times)

• A new study sheds light on methane emissions in urban environments. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• The dairy industry fights back against California’s methane reduction plan, saying “cows expel gas so they don’t explode.” (The Guardian)

• Despite actively promoting a carbon tax, Exxon is still doing what it can to obstruct policies to combat climate change. (Huffington Post)
A well-designed carbon tax alternative could re-position California as a national climate leader, while also assuring continued emissions reductions. (Los Angeles Times)
• The federal government and oil industry should use mitigation strategies to balance conservation and development at the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. (Alaska Dispatch News)

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