Energy news in brief

** Occidental Petroleum Corp on Wednesday said in a securities filing seven of its 10 offshore oil production platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remain offline since Hurricane Ida.

** Experts say tens of thousands of people may abandon Louisiana after Ida, similar to the mass exodus that took place after Hurricane Katrina.

** A leak of 1,400 gallons of gasoline at the Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan has resulted in some residents evacuating the town and the automaker shutting down production of the Ford Mustang.

**  Chevron Corp plans to produce a test batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and sell it to Delta Air Lines at the Los Angeles International Airport, the companies said on Tuesday.

** The EPA has announced that the Rivian R1T, the first model from the California-based startup, will have a 314-mile range in the Launch Edition trim with the 135.0-kWh battery.

** Ford on Tuesday announced it had hired Doug Field, a longtime executive at Apple and Tesla, as its new chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer.

** The Biden administration on Wednesday released the Solar Futures Study report showing that the United States can get 40% of its electricity from solar energy by 2035 – a significant ramp up from its current share of generation.

** Alaska’s Supreme Court orders state regulators to investigate a Hilcorp Energy Company pipeline that has repeatedly leaked natural gas into Cook Inlet.

** The California Independent Petroleum Association files for bankruptcy after a court orders it to pay opponents’ attorney fees for a lawsuit regarding Los Angeles oil and gas regulations.

** The Indiana Department of Natural Resources joins environmental groups in raising concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run underneath the Ohio River. 

**  A Virginia congressman introduces a bill to provide tax credits for zero-emission commercial vehicles.


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