Energy news in brief

** Nearly 95% of Gulf Coast oil and gas production was offline as Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans and the Deep South.

** Top oilfield services firm Schlumberger Ltd. is asking U.S. employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccine status and said more customers are mandating vaccinations as a condition for working on their job sites, the company said on Aug. 27.

** Hungary has agreed with Russia on all the conditions for a new long-term gas supply deal to take effect from Oct. 1, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on his Facebook page on Monday.

** Troopers arrested nearly 70 people who were protesting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project Saturday outside Gov. Tim Walz’s residence in St. Paul. The Minnesota State Patrol, which is responsible for security at the governor’s residence, arrested 69 people.

** Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would require Canada’s oil and gas sector to set benchmarks to reduce emissions if he is re-elected.

** The increase in oil output agreed last month by OPEC+ nations could be reconsidered at its next meeting on Sept. 1, Kuwait’s oil minister said on Sunday.

** The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extends the timeline for a key environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline by six months.

** Xcel Energy plans to install larger, more efficient turbine blades at wind projects in South Dakota and Minneapolis.

** Electric vehicle startup Rivian officially filed to become a publicly traded company last week.

** Cleanup continues of an oil spill reported last week on a 160-acre lake in southeastern Ohio. 

** PacifiCorp announces plans to shutter all of its Wyoming coal plants by 2039, reduce natural gas generation and add 9,200 MWof solar and wind generation and 6,700 MW of battery storage.

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