Energy news briefs

** At least 16 people protesting a wind farm at Oahu, Hawaii were arrested over the weekend. They blocked trucks carrying wind turbine parts and said ‘breaking the law’ was their last option. The 16 duct-taped themselves to one another to block the trucks. At least 127 arrests have been made in total as residents continue their fight against the Na Pua Makani project.

** In the early morning hours of Oct. 27, the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a record-breaking 780 days in orbit. What was the Boeing-made plane doing in space for the two years it spent circling Earth? On that point, the Air Force is characteristically elusive, describing the X-37B’s activities as “on-orbit experiments” in a news release.

**  Ryder rental company reported third quarter 2019 revenue of $2.2 billion. That’s an increase of three percent while earnings were affected by a change in residual value estimates.

** Houston’s Palisade Pipeline LLC has reached a deal with investment firm Macquarie Group to finance a water pipeline project in the Permian Basin. Palisade will build a line to carry non-potable, sustainable reclaimed water from the city of Lubbock, Texas to oil and gas firms in the Permian Basin.

** Road-salt provider Compass Minerals based in Overland Park, Kansas announced a new chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Mary Fontczak is making the move from POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer where she was senior vice president and general counsel.

** A study by a Harvard researcher contends the U.S. would see a drop in lung and heart disease if there were more wind and solar generation.  The researcher, in a report released this week said the Midwest would benefit the most.

**  President Trump is getting support from GM, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in his administration’s lawsuit whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The three firms along with the Association of Global Automakers plan to intervene in a suit filed by the Environmental Defense Fund against the administration.

** After admitting some of its lines might have caused massive wildfires in California, Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. announced plans to blackout 1.5 million customers this week. The blackout could last five days or longer.