Energy news in brief

** A federal pipeline agency tells an appeals court that it lacks discretion to require stronger environmental protections in spill response plans for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

** Chicago officials are furious following the demolition of a smokestack at a former coal plant, which covered the surrounding Little Village neighborhood in dust on Saturday.

** The Environmental Law and Policy Center says it will soon join other groups and states in filing suit against the Trump administration’s effort to rollback fuel economy standards.

** A planned oil conditioning facility in North Dakota would heat crude oil from the surrounding basin to reduce its vapor pressure and meet state rules for transporting it by rail or pipeline.

**  Wyoming’s natural gas producers are hopeful that Oregon’s controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal will be beneficial for them in accessing international demand.

** BP’s $5.6 billion deal with Hilcorp to take over its Prudhoe Bay, Alaska assets is reportedly in jeopardy because of plummeting oil prices.

** The Wyoming Energy Authority has elected leaders for the upcoming term and will meet every other week through May to ensure it is ready to launch July 1.

**  A historic powerhouse building at a Montana dam will be demolished this fall after plans for a data center fall through.

** Experts say Wyoming will have to reckon with its exceptionally heavy economic dependence on fossil fuels long after the coronavirus crisis passes.