Energy quick reads

** A group of truck drivers who support former President Trump have announced they will not be driving to New York City as a means of expressing their disappointment with the civil fraud judgment that fined Trump more than $350 million last week.

** Federal regulators deny proposed pumped hydropower storage projects’ permits on the Navajo Nation and establish a new policy of not permitting projects on tribal land if the tribe opposes it.

** ExxonMobil drops its bid to reverse a California county’s rejection of its proposal to transport oil by truck along the coast to revive idle offshore drilling platforms.

** Arizona lawmakers consider a bill that would establish a $135 annual fee on electric and other non-gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles.

** New York lawmakers advance a bill to ban fracked gas extraction using carbon dioxide as a Texas-based company works to introduce the practice in the state.

** Attorneys for North Dakota argue in federal court that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was negligent in helping to control Dakota Access pipeline protests in late 2016 and early 2017.

** Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released her fiscal year 2025 budget which included provisions to further curb the state’s reliance on natural gas as part of her administration’s climate agenda.


** Russia is entering its third year of war in Ukraine with an unprecedented amount of cash in government coffers, bolstered by a record $37 billion of crude oil sales to India last year, according to new analysis, which concludes that some of the crude was refined by India and then exported to the United States as oil products worth more than $1 billion.

** Hostile drones have been winding their way across the Russian landscape this winter, striking refineries and related oil and gas infrastructure all the way from the Baltic Sea in the northwest to the Black Sea in the southwest.

** The partners in Israel’s Tamar natural gas field said on Sunday they agreed to expand production at the offshore site, which is a major energy source for Israel and also supplies Egypt and Jordan.

** Hundreds of Czech farmers drove their tractors into downtown Prague on Monday, disrupting traffic outside the Agriculture Ministry, as they joined protests against high energy costs, stifling bureaucracy and the European Union’s Green Deal.