Energy news in brief

** The U.S. Coast Guard says a large semisubmersible rig that ran aground in the Sabine Bank Channel is limiting vessels that can enter the waterway. It sits on the Texas-Louisiana border and connects the Gulf to Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass LNG export plant.

** American Indian tribes ask a federal judge to clarify an overturned ruling that ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to cease operations to satisfy the appellate judges who reversed it.

** A shift to operating oil rigs remotely from land, which has been accelerated by lower crude prices, has rekindled concerns among Norwegian unions over the impact on the safety of offshore workers and the loss of well-paid jobs.

** Three heirs of John D. Rockefeller are now pushing against the oil industry that made their namesake family wealthy. BankFWD is a “network of individuals and organizations united in the belief that by using our collective wealth and public standing, we can persuade major banks to lead on climate by phasing out financing for fossil fuels.”

** Coal baron Robert Murray announces he will retire after more than six decades as one of the industry’s most combative and outspoken advocates.

** Chattanooga is set to give Volkswagen an industrial park site for an electric vehicle battery testing lab.

** Duke Energy wants Florida regulators to approve a subscription-based program to fund $1 billion in new solar farms across the state.

** Kansas Governor Laura Kelly celebrated the announcement of two new Amazon fulfillment centers in Kansas City, KS and Park City. The two will create 1,000 new jobs for the state.

** West Virginia Methanol Inc. has selected a site in Pleasants County to develop a plant for producing methanol, which is expected to create approximately 30 high paying jobs once operational. The $350 million-dollar plant will be owned by West Virginia Methanol Inc. and is designed to produce 900 metric tons of high-purity methanol from natural gas each day.

** Nokia has been chosen by NASA to build the first cellular network on the Moon. It will advance Tipping Point technologies for the Moon, deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space and helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.

** District Judge Brian Morris has thrown out former Bureau of Land Management acting Director William Perry Pendley’s work in Montana just a month after determining Pendley served in the position unlawfully, potentially unraveling his work elsewhere in the country.

** The Bureau of Land Management’s last oil and gas lease sale for the year is set for December in Wyoming.

** The Energy Department signed an agreement with the government of Poland on Monday to cooperate on a Polish civil nuclear program that could help build as many as six reactors in the Eastern European nation.

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