The Roanoke Times – As construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline draws closer, a coalition of environmental groups is asking a federal appeals court to issue a stay that would stop the project in its tracks.
Reuters – China said on Friday it plans to create several “super-large” coal mining companies by the end of 2020 as the world’s biggest producer of the fuel ramps up years of efforts to streamline the fragmented sector and slash outdated capacity.
E&E News – The Interior Department yesterday laid out its five-year program to open up vast new areas to offshore leasing. But it will take the offshore industry much longer than that to return to its pre-oil-bust glory, analysts say.
The Washington Post – Under the proposal, only one of 26 planning areas in the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean would be off limits to oil and gas exploration, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Utility Dive – Frigid conditions in the Northeast U.S. are stepping up demands on the power grid as federal regulators prepare to act on a controversial coal and nuclear subsidy rule from the Trump administration.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, a new Dakota Access Pipeline spill response plan; the Supreme Court rules on solar power dispute; Elon Musk bets Tesla can finish largest battery in the world in just 100 days.
Original Development Brief – Repeals an Obama-era Securities and Exchange Commission rule designed to increase transparency in transactions between US oil, gas, and mining companies and foreign governments.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, new nuclear testing facility in Idaho; new oil and gas drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; protestors at Wisconsin pipeline; and more efficient offshore wind construction.