Energy news in brief

** Massachusetts will now join New York in suing ExxonMobil over claims that it misled investors and deceived consumers about the risks of climate change. After more than three years of investigating, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued Exxon. “We know this case isn’t going to be easy. Exxon fought us every step of the way,” Healey said in a press call. “But they can’t hide from their own record.”

** Dallas-based Energy Transfer LP announced a quarterly cash distribution of $0.305 per ET common unit or $1.22 on an annual basis for the third quarter 2019. It is the same as the distribution for the second quarter of the year. ET will release its earnings report after the close of market on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

** Houston’s Hess Midstream Partners LPannounced that the Board of Directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.4112 per common unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The distribution represents a 15% increase compared to the prior year quarter and a 3.6% increase compared to the second quarter of 2019.

** In Montana, the new owner of a coal mine suddenly shut down operations because of a disagreement whether the firm is immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits over environmental violations or reclamation costs.

** In California where more and more city and state officials want to phase out fossil fuels like natural gas, there is growing fear among one part of the state’s population—Chinese restaurant operators. They cook a great deal with gas and the chefs who use it say gas cooking is necessary to create the taste and texture of Chinese cuisine.

** The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation next week that could shape the future of public lands in Colorado, preserving vast areas for wilderness and recreation in the state. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act aims to preserve 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado.