Energy news in brief

** TVA reverses course and rehires 102 workers it let go after President Trump complained it was replacing Americans with foreign workers — a misnomer since the number of employees working on H-1B visas is low. 

** Talos Energy, a Houston oil and gas company, said it lost $140.6 million during the second quarter. While Targa Resources, a Houston natural gas pipeline operator reported a $48.9 million profit during the quarter.

**  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has received the necessary paperwork from the Interior Department on William Perry Pendley’s nomination to head the Bureau of Land Management. That includes Pendley’s financial disclosure report, his ethics agreement and a letter from the department’s designated ethics officer.

** More than 50 Democrats in both chambers of Congress urged the White House Council on Environmental Quality to release public records on the president’s June executive order using his emergency authority to waive environmental laws and speed permitting of highways and energy infrastructure projects.

** The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its 2020 Atlantic hurricane forecast on Thursday after a record start to the season, saying it now expected an “extremely active” few months with more than two dozen named storms forming this year.

** Navajo Nation leaders continue to push the EPA to address a high concentration of methane emissions in northwestern New Mexico.

** New York and Connecticut officials chided electric utilities across the Northeast for a “wholly inadequate” response as outages persisted in the aftermath of a storm that ravaged the coastal region.

** Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners, LP announced that members of its senior management are scheduled to meet with investors at two upcoming virtual investor conferences—the Citi Midstream and Energy Infrastructure Conference on Aug. 12 and the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference on Sept. 9.

** Venezuela is once again shuttering gas stations across the country as the chronic shortage of fuel deepens due to ailing refineries and crippling sanctions limiting imports into the country. State oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA is rationing fuel nationwide, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

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