** A small earthquake was recorded Saturday morning in Woodward County in northwest Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Geological Survey said it was a 1.5 magnitude quake at 6:40 am.
** San Antonio-based NuStar Energy L.P.announced that it has entered into a $750 million unsecured term loan agreement with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. to strengthen its near-term liquidity. The three-year, 12 percent facility provides that NuStar will draw $500 million at closing and may elect to draw an additional $250 million under the facility during the first year.
** Great River Energy considers installing 800 MW of wind energy in North Dakota if it closes the state’s largest coal plant, which is operating at a loss.
** The head of Iowa’s biofuels association calls oil states’ attempt to get the federal government to suspend ethanol supports “galactically stupid” and “pathetic.”
** AEP, parent company to Public Service Company of Oklahoma has an “aspirational goal” to reach 100% renewable energy, but a utility watchdog group says the utility’s future includes a “hefty dose of fossil fuels.”
** Township officials in West Michigan face recall elections next month after voting to support a now-scrapped wind project.
** The coronavirus has claimed the life of the board chair for one of the world’s largest shippers of butane, propane and liquefied natural gas. Belgium-based Exmar confirmed Friday that the company’s board chair Baron Philippe Bodson died following a battle with the COVID-19 virus.
** Eight Democratic senators from coal-producing states want the Trump Administration to issue an emergency safety standard to protect miners during the coronavirus outbreak.
** The Trump administration is aiming to help oil and gas drillers by raising loan limits available under a stimulus package and barring lenders from discriminating against such companies.
** The BLM is under fire for releasing a plan in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic making tracts of public lands in western Colorado available to oil and gas drilling.
** Tucson Electric is offering business customers and local nonprofits incentives of up to 85% of the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations.