Energy news in brief

** Climate change is among the six topics set for discussion between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden at the final presidential debate this week.

** President Trump approves California’s request for a disaster declaration to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive wildfires after initially rejecting it.

** An ongoing federal criminal probe and numerous fines by state environmental regulators roil the $3 billion Mariner East pipeline in Pennsylvania.

** In a response to a town hall question about fracking, Joe Biden falsely claims he’s been endorsed by the boilermaker’s union, the national union hasn’t endorsed either candidate.

** Mountain Valley Pipeline construction is back off again after a federal court placed a stay on the project crossing streams in Virginia and West Virginia.

** A Virginia college will be the first in the state to offer training for wind-energy technicians.

** Georgia deputies respond on consecutive days to reports of fighting and vandalism at a planned solar farm.

** Tribes and environmental groups urge a Michigan agency to consider potential archaeological discoveries before granting permits to Enbridge for a pipeline tunnel project.

** Under a bankruptcy reorganization plan for a former FirstEnergy subsidiary, taxpayers could ultimately be on the hook for the cost of cleaning up the company’s nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

**  General Motors rebrands a Detroit auto factory to reflect growth in electric vehicle production there.

** Colorado’s two largest electrical utilities are facing challenges with hanging on to their electrical empires, mainly over the pace of decarbonization and money.

**  A Utah energy cooperative is awarded $1.4 billion by the Department of Energy to help build a dozen small nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho.

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