Energy news in brief

** Mirage Energy Corp. has known financial hardship. In a recent regulatory filing, company officials raised the possibility that Mirage may not survive as a “going concern.” Yet the San Antonio natural gas pipeline and storage company said earlier this month it had secured a $4 billion loan to build pipeline and natural gas projects in Mexico.

** New polling shows significantly low support for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge across the political spectrum.

** Alaska regulators approve the transfer of BP’s North Slope Alaska oil and gas leases to Hilcorp.

** Eighty local, regional and national organizations roll out a National Economic Transition Platform to support struggling coal mining towns in Appalachia and beyond. 

** A “revolutionary” new microgrid platform being tested in New Mexico has operated without interruption over the past six months.

** Air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide exceed limits in several West Texas towns, according to a new survey by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

** Local officials in eastern South Dakota approve an agreement to purchase power from 10 small solar projects owned by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.

** The U.S. Supreme Court wants the Trump administration’s views before it rules on New Jersey’s decision to block the PennEast pipeline by preventing seizure of state land along the pipeline’s route.

**  George Washington University will divest fossil fuel holdings from its endowment by 2025 and become carbon-neutral by 2030.

** New gas wells drop 29% this year in Pennsylvania, which is expected to lower collections for the state’s impact fee assessed on drillers.

** Enbridge is still unable to determine what caused recent damage to Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, but the company has raised the possibility that it was caused by a boat anchor strike.

** Federal ethanol policy emerges as a key issue in a U.S. Senate race in Iowa.

** Nineteen Democratic senators called on the Department of Health and Human Services to answer questions on the potential link between exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals and the coronavirus.

** In a court filing on Monday, the four automakers that struck voluntary greenhouse gas emissions deals with California said they won’t join in the legal fight over the Trump administration’s rollback of federal emissions standards.

** The Supreme Court ordered the solicitor general to file a brief on the federal government’s perspective on whether the high court should take up a case involving the proposed PennEast pipeline’s route in New Jersey.

** Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Monday he opposed William Perry Pendley’s looming nomination for director of the Bureau of Land Management over his previous public lands comments.

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