Energy news in brief

** NextDecade Corporation and Enbridge Inc.  announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Enbridge will acquire Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC from NextDecade for a cash purchase price not to exceed $25 million, with $15 million paid at closing and the balance paid upon NextDecade’s reaching a positive final investment decision  on its Rio Grande LNG export facility in the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

** A California company plans to capture, refine and sell methane gas from manure produced at South Dakota dairy farms.

** A Republican Utah congressman has started holding climate chats on Twitter, and says he believes common ground can be found on environmental policy.

** Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is supporting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to increase endangered salmon runs.

**  New Mexico activists are questioning Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to reducing the state’s carbon emissions 45% by 2030 given the ongoing Permian Basin oil and gas boom.

** An Oregon landfill accepted two million pounds of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in 2016, 2017, and 2019 in violation of state regulations.

** A Pueblo, Colorado advocacy group filed a lawsuit questioning the transparency of a ballot question regarding the public takeover of Black Hills Energy.

** A report suggests California homebuilders tried to avoid the state’s new requirement that all new homes be solar-powered by rushing to take out new building permits towards the end of 2019.

** New Mexico bills that would expand power line infrastructure and reinstate a solar tax credit that expired in 2016 passed the state senate’s finance committee.