|Marianas Variety: Solar ‘incentives’ are growing *CEA Mention – National|
Ever wonder why installations of household solar photovoltaic or PV systems and utility-scale solar power have surged since 2014? The declining cost of solar technology is part of the reason. But a bigger factor may be the profusion of state and federal “incentive” programs, i.e. subsidies.E&E News: Opponents invite campers to help block Atlantic Coast project
A couple whose Virginia mountain property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast pipeline has invited opponents to camp for the summer in the path of the pipeline.Reuters: Global Energy Players Converge on Washington as China Trade War Lurks
The world’s biggest oil and gas players are gathering for a summit in Washington D.C. this week that will be overshadowed by the specter of shifting trade patterns due to a trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The uncertainty comes at a historic moment for the U.S., which has become the world’s biggest natural gas producer, one of the top crude oil producers, and a growing exporter of both. It will host the triennial World Gas Conference for the first time in 30 years.
Reuters: U.S. coal miners worry Trump-China trade dispute could hit exports
U.S. coal mining companies are worried President Donald Trump’s intensifying trade dispute with China could hurt their booming export business, one of the ailing sector’s most important lifelines, according to industry players.
The New York Times: Judge Dismisses Suit Against Oil Companies Over Climate Change Costs
A federal judge on Monday threw out a closely watched lawsuit brought by two California cities against fossil fuel companies over the costs of dealing with climate change. The decision is a stinging defeat for the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Oakland, and raises warning flags for other local governments around the United States that have filed similar suits, including New York City.
Bloomberg: Trump to Hit Refiners With Biofuels Boost
Refiners would have to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels into petroleum next year under an administration proposal set to be unveiled Tuesday, as President Donald Trump tries to strike a balance between two competing constituencies.
Reuters: Canada crude outage to tighten supplies, reduce oil flow to Cushing
A production problem at one of Canada’s largest oil sands facilities drove front-month U.S. crude futures to their steepest premium above second-month futures since 2014 on Monday.
Los Angeles Times: California ballot will include gas tax repeal in November
Californians will vote in November on a ballot proposition that would repeal a new gas tax and vehicle fees, saddling Gov. Jerry Brown with a final challenge to preserve a key part of his legacy before leaving office.
Associated Press: Large gas development edges forward in western Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental impact statement for a proposed natural gas project in western Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that a final decision on whether to approve the project is expected in 30 days.
The Denver Post: Trump administration, fossil fuel industry push to open more public land for energy development in Colorado
The Trump administration is pushing to open more public land in Colorado for fossil fuel development, preparing to sell off access to minerals under 45,000 acres near a state park and bird habitat along the upper Colorado River.
The Wall Street Journal: Rising Oil Prices Pump Up Prospects for Permian Basin Towns
Oil is booming again in the Permian Basin, and so are the fortunes of this sun-bleached town. Job postings for truckers and electricians cover billboards and chain-link fences lining the highways.
Houston Chronicle: Kinder Morgan’s $2B pipeline to move gas from Permian oil fields
Pipeline firm Kinder Morgan, intent on dominating natural gas transportation from West Texas’ booming Permian Basin, on Monday announced plans to build a $2 billion pipeline to deliver gas to Houston, Corpus Christi and Mexican hubs.
E&E News: Governor’s oil gushing gets ahead of facts, and Twitter pushes back
First, Greg Abbott tweeted “everything is bigger in Texas.” He can be forgiven because he’s running for a second term as governor of the Lone Star State. Then he tweeted, “Because of Texas, America is now energy independent. Because of TEXAS, we will NEVER AGAIN depend on Foreign Oil Cartels for energy.” Both came from his personal account. That’s a bit of a stretch, though, and Abbott got some pushback for it in the Twitter-verse.
Houston Chronicle: Exxon Mobil, Chevron help form new methane emissions consortium
Leading U.S. energy companies Exxon Mobil, Chevron and more said Monday they’ve formed a new methane emissions consortium focused on reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
Star Tribune: PUC reconvenes today on the fate of controversial Enbridge pipeline
As utility regulators reconvene Tuesday to determine the fate of Enbridge’s controversial oil-pipeline proposal, the parties are still at work making their cases.
Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota officials begin final hearings on Line 3 oil pipeline
State regulators reconvene Tuesday morning to continue debating discussing Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline along a new route across northern Minnesota.
E&E News: Derailed train spills 230,000 gallons of Canadian oil sands
A derailed train has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into river floodwaters in Iowa.
StateImpact Pennsylvania: Rachel Carson Trail near Pittsburgh has a new feature: A fracking well
For more than 20 years, thousands of hikers have traipsed through the hills north of Pittsburgh for the Rachel Carson Challenge, a brutal sunup to sundown 35-mile march. Many don’t finish. The hike takes place along the Rachel Carson Trail, named after the Pittsburgher credited with starting the modern environmental movement. This year, Rachel Carson’s trail will have a new addition — the fracking industry.
StateImpact Pennsylvania: Pull the Mariner East permit, environmental group urges Delaware River Basin Commission
The environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper Network issued a rare call to an interstate water regulator to withdraw its permit for Mariner East, saying the pipeline project has violated permit conditions on drilling and water pollution in the basin.
StateImpact Pennsylvania: Report: Jobs in efficiency, renewables grow while clean transportation lags
A new report shows that jobs in most parts of Pennsylvania’s clean energy industry grew over the past year. The industry supports 86,000 jobs, which is a 2 percent increase over the previous year, according to the report from E2, a group of business leaders and investors who advocate for environmental policies.
WCHL-AM – Chapel Hill, NC: Chatham County Extends Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to extend a moratorium on oil and gas development in the county. The vote came after a lengthy public hearing.