Brief energy stories from across the nation and world

** Under a new law signed over the weekend by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California will ban the sale of all off-road, gas-powered engines, including generators, lawn equipment, pressure washers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, and even golf carts.

** The underwater pipeline that caused a major oil spill off the coast of Southern California was likely initially damaged by a ship’s anchor “several months” ago, before the leak began, said a Coast Guard official.

**  Lebanon’s power supplies were back to normal on Sunday after a blackout the previous day when the country’s two biggest power stations shut down because of a fuel shortage, the Energy Ministry said.

** Iran plans to offer oil and gas condensate to “any investor” in exchange for either goods or capital investment in the Islamic Republic’s sanctions-hit energy sector, the country’s oil minister said.

** Exxon Mobil Corp said on Saturday it and the United Steelworkers union, the union representing workers locked out of a Texas refinery, discussed terms of a proposed labor contract.

** Pensacola, Florida based Atlantic Key Energy awarded five families over the weekend a lifetime of free solar power.

** Motor gasoline exports from the United States reached record highs in May, June, and July for each of these months, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Summer exports in May, June, and July reflect a departure from the historical seasonality of gasoline exports because gasoline export levels are usually low during the summer.

**Houston’s Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing, LLC, has entered into a liquefied natural gas sale and purchase agreement with ENN LNG (Singapore) Pte Ltd , a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENN Natural Gas Co., Ltd.

** U.S. Senate Democrats from Western states lead an effort to impose royalties on hardrock minerals mined from public land, such as uranium, in their reconciliation bill.

** Minnesota solar industry leaders want stricter state oversight of residential solar contractors after recent bankruptcies by out-of-state companies left dozens of homeowners with unfinished projects.

** Leaders and members of Native American tribes are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for protests demanding that the Biden administration take more aggressive climate action.

** A judge considers a two-year sentence in a plea deal for the former CEO of a defunct South Carolina utility who lied to ratepayers and regulators after learning that construction of two nuclear reactors was hopelessly behind schedule.

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