Energy briefs

**  Flooding on the Blue Earth River in Minnesota breached the Rapidan Dam Monday morning and it’s now in an “imminent failure condition,” officials said. Le Sueur County residents in low-lying areas of the Minnesota River Valley are advised to closely monitor the situation and potentially evacuate, according to the county’s emergency management office.

** US West Coast refiners are replacing their heavy Iraqi oil imports with cheaper crude from Canada as the newly expanded Trans Mountain pipeline reshuffles trade flows across the Pacific.

** A group representing major automakers asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reconsider the rule issued in April requiring nearly all new cars and trucks by 2029 to have advanced automatic emergency braking systems.

** Electric-vehicle maker Rivian’s drive to cut costs and turn its first profit has removed over 100 steps from the battery-making process, 52 pieces of equipment from the body shop and over 500 parts from the design of its flagship SUVs and pickups.

** The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a criminal bribery complaint urging the Justice Department to investigate former President Trump’s solicitation of campaign donations from fossil fuel executives.

** The cargo ship Dali headed out of Baltimore for Virginia on Monday, nearly three months after it lost power and crashed into one of the Francis Scott Key bridge’s supporting columns and caused the bridge to collapse.


**  The private operator of Puerto Rico’s power grid confirmed Monday the deferral of $65 million worth of maintenance and improvement projects in the U.S. territory, with some repairs postponed for at least a year because of budget constraints, putting at risk the already troubled grid — and sparking a widespread outcry.

** Ganfeng Lithium has filed an international arbitration case against Mexico after the Latin American nation canceled a potential mining project valued at more than $1 billion.

** The European Union placed sanctions on more than two dozen vessels, including 17 that hauled oil for Moscow. The sanctions follow similar steps taken by the UK, which included so-called dark fleet ships on a list of entities it sanctioned earlier this month.

** Wison New Energies has announced the cessation of all ongoing projects in Russia, effective immediately, following thorough evaluation. The Chinese engineering company’s decision will affect the Arctic LNG 2 project, which is spearheaded by Russia’s Novatek, reported Reuters.