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Washington tribal leaders say pipeline expansion will harm orcas

PIPELINES: Several Puget Sound tribal leaders tell Canadian energy regulators a proposed pipeline expansion will endanger orcas and other natural and cultural resources. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Nevada regulators deny a request by a property management group to allow apartment dwellers to have access to energy produced by rooftop solar systems. (The Nevada Independent)

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COAL: A Colorado coal company is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to pay bonuses to its top managers. (KTVQ)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES:
• California regulators agree to expand a safety investigation into the state’s largest utility to include its role in recent wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• If PG&E goes bankrupt due to wildfire costs, the lights will stay on but ultimately customers will pay more, industry officials say. (CalMatters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado awards a $10.3 million grant to a California company to build 33 electric vehicle charging stations around the state. (The Denver Channel)

NUCLEAR: A Nevada congresswoman has asked House leaders to prevent any last-minute funding request from being slipped into a final spending bill that would restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Red Lodge, Montana launches an ambitious citywide conservation plan which focuses on boosting clean energy and energy efficiency. (Billings Gazette)

PUBLIC LANDS: The comment period on the Trump administration’s plan to shrink Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument closes today. (Pacific Standard)

CLIMATE: As Alaska gets warmer, winter fuel costs aren’t expected to increase like in other parts of the country. (Alaska Public Media)

UTILITIES: The main electricity provider for Cheyenne, Wyoming is seeking to reduce customer rates by $5 million as a result of recent federal tax breaks. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

OIL & GAS: A Colorado judge rules that a Texas oil and gas company owes an environmentalist for attorney fees he incurred defending himself against their libel lawsuit. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• If the rash of wildfires that have decimated California are “the new abnormal,” then the state has to come up with a new way of dealing with their financial consequences, says a columnist for CalMatters.
• Two sociologists say it could get more difficult for West Coast communities to block fossil fuel exports under the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda. (The Conversation)

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