Energy news in brief

**Canada’s second-biggest oil company, Suncor Energy Inc, said on Thursday it had started a third-party safety review, after three contract workers died in two separate mining accidents.

** A judge says U.S officials downplayed climate change impacts and other environmental costs from the expansion of a massive coal mine near the Montana-Wyoming border, in a case that could test how far the Biden administration is willing to go to unwind its predecessors’ decisions.

** West Virginia regulators fine the Mountain Valley Pipeline more than $300,000 for repeated erosion and sediment control violations.

**  South Korea unveiled a 48.5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030 as part of efforts to foster an environmentally-friendly recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

** Shares of Noble Midstream L.P. shot up 6.6% in premarket trading Friday, after Chevron Corp. offered to buy the operator of midstream infrastructure assets, which is already majority owned by Chevron, in a deal that values Noble Midstream at about $1.13 billion.

** Oil and gas projects aren’t the only ones fought by Native American tribes. Indigenous and historic preservation advocates object to plans for a large-scale wind and solar project in southern Minnesota that would be near a historically sacred petroglyphs site reported the Star Tribune.

** A California restaurant trade group challenges Berkeley, California’s natural gas ban, arguing the city is breaking a federal law prohibiting favoring one type of energy over another. 

** The West Virginia agency that oversees oil and gas production faces a $1.3 million shortfall, while its staff of well inspectors has significantly dwindled, alarming state lawmakers.

** A company that makes axles for Volkswagen’s electric vehicles invests $42 million to build a factory in eastern Tennessee.

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