Energy news in brief

** An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors says. The company announced the range in a webcast on Tuesday and said the truck would be built at a factory straddling the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck.

** The Australian Academy of Science quietly released a report on March 31 that underlines the stakes of President Biden’s April 22 climate summit and the next U.N. climate confab in Glasgow.  The report heaps doubt upon the feasibility of the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global warming to “well below” 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) compared to preindustrial levels by 2100.

** Hilcorp Alaska shut down two offshore production platforms in Cook Inlet after a helicopter pilot spotted bubbling water on the surface last week. Natural gas was leaking from a line that provides fuel for the platforms’ operations, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reported in a statement on Monday.

** U.S. natural gas production will edge up in 2021, while demand declines for a second year in a row as rising gas prices allow renewables and coal to take some of gas’ market share in the power sector, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) on Tuesday.

**  EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the Biden administration is rewriting the rules that relaxed limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

** A mandatory evacuation order near a leaking Florida wastewater reservoir that affected more than 300 homes and additional businesses was lifted Tuesday as officials said the situation was under control.

** BP said on Tuesday that it had cut its debt load faster than expected thanks to a “very strong” first quarter, indicating it will also restart share buybacks sooner than forecast. The oil company said it anticipated its results later this month would show its net debt fell from $38.9bn at the end of 2020 to its target of $35bn in the first quarter, having previously warned it was expected to rise in the first half of the year.

** The United Mine Workers of America announce a tentative deal with Warrior Met Coal that could end a strike for 1,100 workers in Alabama — including Kentucky miners who previously worked for bankrupt Blackjewel.

** The district attorney of Sonoma County, Calif., filed five felony and 28 misdemeanor criminal charges against PG&E Corp. in connection with the 2019 Kincade Fire that burned 120 square miles, damaged or destroyed over 400 buildings and seriously injured six firefighters.

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