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Zinke: States opposing offshore drilling “will be very happy” with proposal

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke says states opposed to the federal government’s plan to expand offshore drilling “will be very happy” with a draft proposal released this fall. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Drillers off the coast of Southern California violated state regulations nearly 400 times since 2015, according to a new report. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: The oil and gas boom in Texas is happening with fewer workers and fewer rigs as automation transforms the industry. (Houston Chronicle)

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PIPELINES:
A Trump administration memorandum designed to shorten federal environmental review timelines for natural gas pipelines could limit citizen involvement. (Bloomberg BNA)
Mountain Valley Pipeline officials announce plans to extend the controversial pipeline across the Virginias into North Carolina. (Roanoke Times)
Authorities charge three people in Virginia as protests against the Mountain Valley Pipeline intensify. (Roanoke Times)
Massive investments in the U.S. pipeline network are needed to get natural gas out of the Permian Basin and other shale hotspots, experts say. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• Murray Energy’s CEO wants to buy coal power plants to shore up his mining company, including a FirstEnergy plant in West Virginia that is scheduled to close in early 2019. (Bloomberg)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs three bills that promote safety in the coal industry. (WYMT)
• The biggest coal plant in the West is on the verge of shutting down despite attempts to save it by Arizona officials and tribal leaders. (NBC News)

EMISSIONS: An environmental group is raising $40 million to measure methane emissions from oil and gas operations using a satellite. (Washington Post)

POLICY: Utilities would be required to first consider renewable energy whenever replacing fossil fuel generation under legislation proposed by a prominent Republican Minnesota legislator. (Midwest Energy News)

EPA:
Two members appointed to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board received funding from the American Petroleum Institute for research used to justify weakening auto efficiency rules. (E&E News)
Senate Democrats want to delay the confirmation of former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as deputy EPA administrator, saying he could end up replacing Administrator Scott Pruitt. (Associated Press, E&E News)
Democrats plan to introduce a resolution in the Senate that calls for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to be fired, citing his recent ethics scandals and aggressive deregulatory agenda. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: A California company wants to build a large natural gas plant in New Jersey and send the electricity to New York City. (North Jersey.com)

GRID: States in grid operator MISO’s territory discuss ways distributed generation resources can be integrated into wholesale and retail markets. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Wind industry leaders are hopeful after the Trump administration showed uncharacteristically strong support for offshore wind last week. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A Montana utility is paying rooftop solar customers triple the value for energy they send back to the grid, according to a new cost-benefit analysis. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Chinese automakers plan to sell electric vehicles in the U.S. within the next two years. (GreenBiz)
Sources say Tesla will start production on its Model Y sport utility vehicle in November 2019. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE: A Wisconsin Democrat with a climate change plan is running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
Incredibly small solar cells are making it easy to integrate PV into just about anything, says a writer at Vox.
From radioactive waste to reactor meltdowns, nuclear energy is “fraught with hazards,” says a writer at Grist.

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