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Wyoming lawmakers seek 100% fossil fuel requirement

UTILITIES: Wyoming lawmakers have drafted a bill that would penalize utilities for using renewable energy. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO: Arizona regulators have issued two proposals detailing how the state could move forward with retail electric competition. (Utility Dive)

PERMIAN BASIN: New research finds that gas flaring in the Permian Basin is worse than previously thought when processing plants burning off excess supply are included. (Bloomberg)

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CALIFORNIA: PG&E is opposing a federal judge’s threats to intervene in the utility’s wildfire prevention efforts after it admitted not fully complying with criminal probation terms. (Bloomberg)

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)

ELECTRIFICATION: Legislation in Arizona to prevent cities from banning natural gas hookups appears likely to pass. (Arizona Republic)

COAL ASH: Plans to clean up coal ash pollution from a Montana power plant have been given conditional approval by state regulators. (Daily Inter Lake)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado records appear to show that most of the state’s missing oil and gas production reports come from three companies. (Colorado Independent)
Colorado lawmakers advance a bill that would triple fines for air and water quality violations. (Longmont Times-Call)
An investigation finds that 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)
The backers of a conservative-driven plan to address climate change say Alaska’s North Slope oil and gas production is “really carbon cheap” when compared against hydrocarbons produced in other major basins. (Alaska Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: A bill to protect land as wilderness in Colorado, California and Washington, including blocking future oil and gas development in Colorado’s Thompson Divide, clears the U.S. House despite Republican opposition. (Denver Post, Colorado Independent)

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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)

COMMENTARY:
A Colorado editorial board says the Trump administration’s proposed environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act goes too far. (Denver Post)
A Nevada nuclear technology advocate says there is a business case for recycling used nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain. (Elko Daily Free Press)
A Colorado conservationist says the Trump administration’s prioritization of energy extraction and resource exploitation is why advocates often insist on the lasting protections that legislation brings. (Durango Herald)

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