Energy news in brief

** A U.S. federal judge has ruled that Lithium Americas Corp may conduct excavation work at its Thacker Pass lithium mine site in Nevada, denying a request from environmentalists who said the digging could harm sage grouse and other wildlife.

** Kinder Morgan, Inc. has announced that it will pay a dividend of US$0.27 per share on the 16th of August. This means the annual payment is 6.1% of the current stock price, which is above the average for the industry.

** The airport serving Nevada’s second largest metro area faces a shortage of jet fuel that could force the cancellation of cargo and passenger fights, potentially restricting the flow of tourists and essential goods into the northern part of the state.

** Tennessee is the next state to partner with electric vehicle maker Rivian on a plan to install EV charging points in outdoorsy places. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced a deal whereby Rivian would build Waypoint Level 2 chargers in all 56 of the state’s parks.

** Luxury car maker Mercedes announced Sunday it will spend more than $47 billion in the next decade to “electrify its lineup and defend its position as the world’s best-selling luxury-car maker through a historic industry transformation,” according to Bloomberg.

** Iraq’s cabinet gave approval for TotalEnergies SE to develop a natural-gas field and help boost the country’s oil output. The French energy company aims to capture and process 600 million standard cubic feet a day of gas from the Ratawi field, the Iraqi News Agency said, citing a government spokesman.

** Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed T. Mitch Little as a new director.  Little, 58, served as Executive Vice President – Operations for Marathon Oil Corporation  from August 2016 until his retirement in December 2020.

** Schlumberger announced second-quarter 2021 results including global revenue of $5.6 billion which was 8% more than a year earlier. North America revenue was $1.1 billion.

**  Enbridge Inc’s Texas Eastern Transmission unit said it provided all the information federal safety regulators requested and is preparing to increase pressure in its Pennsylvania to Mississippi pipeline as soon regulators approve.

** Minnesota has become the latest state to adopt California’s stricter standards for tailpipe emissions and a mandate for automakers to get more zero-emission vehicles onto sales lot.

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