Energy news in brief

** A University of Illinois researcher maintains that construction of taller wind turbines with shorter blades can significantly reduce the deaths of birds. The researcher also urged construction of the wind towers farther from critical bird habitats.

** In Minnesota, one county is considering new restrictions on solar farms. Leaders want new solar projects to include vegetation that would support bees and other pollinators.

** Until now, the talk of offshore wind projects in the U.S. has focused on the East Coast. But now a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is considering offshore wind farms in Oregon.

** Denver’s Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share of Class A common stock, to be paid on December 20, 2019 to holders of record as of December 6, 2019. A distribution of $0.05 per unit has been approved for holders of units in Liberty Oilfield Services New HoldCo LLC, which will use the same record and payment date.

** Matador Resources Company based in Dallas announced plans to release third quarter 2019 operational and financial results after the close of trading on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

** A state prosecutor in New York charges Exxon Mobil Corp. owes $1.6 billion to its investors. The claim came during a trial in which the company is accused of misleading investors about its climate change efforts. (click here to read E and E News).