Energy quick reads

** An Ohio commission awarded bids to frack oil and gas under state parks Monday, despite statewide backlash and an ongoing investigation into possibly fraudulent support.

** Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway’s shares closed down by more than 2% on Monday, slowing its march to $1 trillion market value on investor worries after the U.S. government warned of a lawsuit against its power company, PacifiCorp.

** Friends and colleagues are mourning a New York journalist who died in what authorities say is the city’s latest deadly fire sparked by a micromobility device’s lithium-ion battery.

** The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it has closed the investigation into an explosion during SpaceX’s Starship Super Heavy Orbital Test flight in late 2023, agreeing with the company on new procedures for future flights.

** Utility giant Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $80 million to settle the US Forest Service’s claims relating to the 2017 Thomas Fire, which at the time was the largest wildfire in California’s modern history, federal prosecutors said Monday.

** The Kentucky Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to lay the foundation to attract nuclear energy projects to a state where coal has dominated and fueled the economy for generations.


**  Farmers clashed with police in Belgium on Monday, spraying officers with liquid manure and throwing eggs and flares at them in a fresh show of force as the European Union’s agriculture ministers met in search of ways to address the protesters’ concerns.

** The government of Argentina’s libertarian President Javier Milei said on Monday a threat by oil-rich province Chubut to cut off gas and oil supplies amounted to “extortion” amid a brewing fight over tax disbursements to the Patagonian region.

** Germany plans to enable underground carbon storage at offshore sites, pushing ahead with a much-discussed technology in an acknowledgement that time is running out to combat climate change, the country’s vice chancellor said Monday.