Energy news in brief

** Tulsa-based OGE plans to hold a second quarter earnings conference call on Thursday, August 6 where leadership will discuss the results. The call will be held at 9 a.m.

** ONEOK, Inc.will release second quarter 2020 earnings after the market closes on July 28, 2020. ONEOK’s executive management will participate in a conference call the following day at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10 a.m. Central Daylight Time) on July 29, 2020. The call also will be carried live on ONEOK’s website.

** Venezuela’s long gas station lines are coming back after a short reprieve from shipments of Iranian fuel in May as the country struggles to repair its ailing refineries. Lines at the pump had disappeared following the arrival of five Iranian tankers in May, carrying a total of 1.5 million barrels of fuel. Relief is unlikely to return without more fuel imports from abroad.

** More than 400 people have been evacuated from a coastal village in the central Philippines after about 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of bunker fuel spilled from a power-generating barge into the sea, an official said Monday.

** A Pennsylvania family settles its lawsuit with a pipeline developer and has its land returned after hundreds of trees were cut down for a project that was never built.

** Louisiana environmental advocates say they’re being targeted by oil and gas lobbyists under a new law criminalizing protests. 

** Coal companies received at least $170 million in small business loans under the U.S. coronavirus relief program.

** A climate advocate says that since the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been abandoned, Virginia should no longer approve any fossil fuel projects.

** Construction of one of Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar projects could be delayed up to a year due to pending tariffs on imported solar panels. 

** Declining costs of wind and solar are setting up a new dispute between clean energy advocates and the natural gas industry.

** Tesla “supercharger” stations are installed in four North Dakota cities, which one EV driver calls “massively transformational.”

** A swarm of newly hatched mayflies causes a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant’s offsite power lines to shut down. 

** Wyoming coal production decreased in the second quarter due to the pandemic and the ongoing transition to natural gas and renewables.

** Democratic U.S. senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island says he has written to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns about potential “political interference” by the Trump administration in an investigation of a private espionage firm that targeted environmental groups in the United States.

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