Energy news in brief

** Hess Midstream LP in Houston announced that it will hold a conference call on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter 2020 earnings release.

** New Mexico regulators continue to face difficult decisions in choosing the right mix of resources to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

** A coal operator gives notice that it will lay off 233 workers by the end of August, idling one of three mines at a southwestern Pennsylvania complex.

** The wood pellet business is booming across the Southeast, driven by European policies that reward burning wood due to what scientists say is a dangerous carbon accounting loophole.

** Three environmental groups sue West Virginia regulators in an effort to force the state to maintain a fund to clean up abandoned coal mines.

** Florida will spend $8.6 million of its Volkswagen settlement funds to install 27 charging stations along the state’s major interstates.  A regional grocery chain begins to install free electric vehicle charging stations for customers at stores in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

** The BLM is being sued by Native and environmental groups alleging the agency failed to consider the environmental impacts of oil and gas leases sold near the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

** Advocates hoping to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes seek to argue in court and regulatory proceedings about the project’s contributions to climate change. 

** Startup electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian secures another $2.5 billion in investments as it repurposes a factory in Illinois for production. 

** A former Iowa coal plant that was switched to natural gas and retired in 2018 is demolished. 

** U.S. oil and gas companies are heading toward bankruptcy at an increasing pace, raising fears about the ability to remediate abandoned wells.

** Rural electric cooperative revenue has taken a hit during the pandemic due to reduced demand from large users and a higher number of customers being unable to pay.

** A federal court rules the U.S. EPA erred when giving passing grades for air quality in Chicago and surrounding areas. 

**  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will soon announce he will seek no changes to the current national air quality standard for ground-level ozone.

**  A pair of senators are warning the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation that its proposed rule change to finance overseas nuclear reactors would take money away from important development work, including more cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuel projects.

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