Energy news in brief

** Oil firms this week renewed a request for the nation’s highest bench to stop Baltimore from pursuing a state court battle for industry compensation for local climate change impacts.

** Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is suspending utility shutoffs during the state’s stay-at-home order.

** A nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has reduced operations over the past three months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

** Republican members of Utah’s congressional delegation want the Interior Department to waive or reduce federal royalty payments on oil, gas and coal production during the coronavirus crisis.

** Wyoming’s fossil fuel industries are asking Gov. Mark Gordon to classify mining and drilling operations as “essential” activities in the event of a shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus pandemic.

** The EPA confirms that one of its staffers based in Philadelphia has died from the coronavirus. The agency has 14 cases of COVID-19 across 14,000 staffers.