Energy news in brief

** A United Nations committee’s recently announced investigation into possible tribal treaty rights violations involving the Line 3 pipeline gives hope to opponents of the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan.

** More than 2,300 oil and chemical spills have been reported in the two weeks since Hurricane Ida, and about 900 have yet to be investigated, but the volume of spills confirmed so far seems significantly less than the 10.8 million barrels released during two hurricanes in 2005.

**  Germany’s energy regulator on Monday said it had four months to complete a certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after receiving all necessary documents for an application for an operating licence from the pipeline company.

** Europe’s energy crunch is deepening, with gas and power prices hitting fresh records after the U.S. warned the continent isn’t doing enough to prepare for what could be potentially a dire winter. With about a month to go before the start of the heating season, Europe doesn’t have enough natural gas in storage sites and isn’t building inventories fast enough either.

** Tesla CEO Elon Musk is angry over a $4,500 tax incentive for electric vehicles proposed by Democrat House lawmakers, claiming the bill had been engineered by lobbyists for Ford and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

** Illinois is poised to pass a bill providing nearly $700 million in subsidies over five years to save unprofitable nuclear plants that are slated to shut down.

** San Diego Gas & Electric agrees to refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched energy-efficient lightbulb program.

** The University of Wyoming and an oil and gas company propose using excess wind power to produce hydrogen and then ship it through existing natural gas lines.

** The Biden administration opens public comment on a plan to lease 6,277 acres in Montana for oil and gas development.

** The University of Notre Dame pledges to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.

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