Energy briefs

** The Supreme Court as soon as this week could rule to curb the power of federal agencies — including those with the power to protect the environment. As the Supreme Court’s term winds down, a legal doctrine called Chevron deference hangs in the balance.

** A sensor on the railroad tracks running through the town of East Palestine, Ohio, failed to catch an overheated rail bearing that led to the 2023 derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said at a public hearing Tuesday morning.

** With 21 of its planned 62 wind turbines completely installed, Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts claims to now be the largest operating wind project in the country, pushing 136 MW to the grid.

** The National Weather Service (NWS) is experiencing a vast network outage disrupting numerous operational functions as extreme weather continues to grip the country.

** Iowa public utility regulators on Tuesday approved a controversial carbon dioxide pipeline for transporting emissions of the climate-warming greenhouse gas for storage underground in a win for Summit Carbon Solutions’ project after setbacks in other states and opposition from landowners around the Midwest.

** The federal Inflation Reduction Act includes $720 million to help tribal governments access clean energy tax credits for the first time.

** Residents of a former Pennsylvania coal community say the federal government has forgotten about them as they struggle to replace lost jobs and tax income, highlighting President Biden’s need to convince similar communities they won’t be left behind.

** Some Wareham, Massachusetts residents are frustrated with plans to develop an 18-acre solar project in undeveloped woods next to a residential neighborhood, but local officials say they must follow the state’s solar-supportive laws.

** Some residents of a Pittsburgh area township say they don’t want a solar farm built on 88 acres of rural fields that surround their homes.



** ExxonMobil may need to suspend production at its Gravenchon refinery in northern France if striking workers continue to block access to the site, the oil major said on Tuesday.

** Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla is investing $50 million to build a new chemical plant in the heart of the US oil-refining region as his Aditya Birla Group expands its North American footprint.

** Exxon Mobil Corp. took the first step toward its seventh oil project in Guyana, a clear signal the supermajor intends to expand crude output from the South American nation into the next decade.

**  Russia’s weekly crude exports fell by the most in more than three months in the seven days to June 23, with maintenance at key ports also trimming the less volatile four-week average.

** A deadly factory blaze has revived concerns over battery safety in South Korea, a key global supplier of lithium-ion cells used in everything from electric vehicles to energy storage systems.