Energy news in brief

** Houston pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners will have to renegotiate with a Brazoria County landowner after a Texas appeals court ruled it couldn’t use eminent domain to cheaply acquire land for a planned pipeline.

** Enbridge has partially reopened the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after shutting it down due to “significant damage” to an anchor support.

** The U.S. EPA last week fined Enbridge $6.7 million for what it called an inadequate response to damage to its Midwest pipeline system.

**  Twenty-two environmental and public health groups, joined by the NAACP, sued EPA on Friday over its changes to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

** Colorado will get stuck with abandoned wells in an oil company’s bankruptcy, and it’s not known if $325,000 in bonding as part of the deal will cover reclamation costs.

**  Indigenous leaders in Canada warn that American demand for imported hydropower threatens hunting and fishing grounds that many Inuit depend on.

** Some local officials in Iowa say rules under consideration by state utility regulators would increase eminent domain capabilities for renewable energy projects. 

** Though U.S. power generation is down 5.4% this year due to the pandemic, coal’s share has shrunk nearly 20%, according to a report from Moody’s.

** A federal judge approves PG&E’s bankruptcy exit plan, a move that allows the utility to take part in a $20 billion state fund to help cover liabilities from future wildfires.

** The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration issued their final rule Friday authorizing the bulk transport of liquefied natural gas by rail. The rule will take effect 30 days after being published in the Federal Register.

** The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a full committee hearing Wednesday on a bipartisan bill, S. 3894 (116), on carbon farming — an increasingly popular idea for curbing climate change.

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