Energy news in brief

** California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history.

** A ballot committee seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan continues its yearslong effort despite previously falling short on signatures, according to published and aired reports.

** Enable Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENBL) announced that members of its senior management are scheduled to meet with investors at the RBC Capital Markets Midstream Conference in Dallas Nov. 20 and at the Wells Fargo Securities Midstream and Utility Symposium in New York Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The presentation materials used at these conferences will be available for download on the investors page of Enable’s website at

** The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U. S. House of Representatives, for its bipartisan vote to approve the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN). The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives for passage and then to the Senate for its consideration.

** The Detroit News reports labor groups that support building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac  in Michigan are withholding political contributions from Michigan Democrats, causing division leading up to the 2020 election. Democrats are opposed to the pipeline construction.

**  The Bismarck Tribune reports that wet weather in September caused oil production to drop in North Dakota.

** POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report says eleven House Democrats, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, wrote Rep. Betty McCollum, who oversees funding for Interior to oppose funding the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management out west. “The proposed relocation is designed to harm public lands and limit congressional oversight,” they wrote in a letter. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) led the letter.