California Gov. Jerry Brown met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday to express his disapproval of the Trump administration's proposal to open federal waters off California's coast to drilling. "Secretary Zinke made it clear that California's views will be taken into account," said Brown spokesman Evan Westrup.
US District Judge Brian Morris has given the federal government until March 21 to review and release all relevant documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline or offer explanations as to why the papers should not be made public. Justice Department attorneys said a review of the roughly 5 million pages of documents could take over six years and cost $6.3 million.
US crude stockpiles unexpectedly fell by 907,000 barrels last week, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Gasoline inventories rose by 1.468 million barrels, while distillate supplies were down by 3.563 million barrels.
The shortage of pipeline capacity that's widening Canadian crude's discount to US oil is costing oil producers in western Canada as much as $13.36 per barrel, or about $12.3 billion per year, according to Scotiabank economists. They expect the price differential between Canadian and US crude to return to normal levels once pipeline projects such as Line 3 and the Trans Mountain expansion enter service.
Pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners saw its earnings jump more than fourfold last year to $2.5 billion, boosted by the recent tax bill and the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ETP reported a profit of 57 cents per share in the fourth quarter, beating the highest analyst estimate of 49 cents per share.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a $145,000 fine after workers at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia provided fake data indicating they performed checks of equipment and conditions that they didn't complete, the agency said. The NRC noted that the company has since "taken a number of corrective actions" and there were "no actual safety consequences."
The Energy Department is reviewing and working with nuclear power plant operators that are requesting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission extend their operating licenses from 60 to 80 years. Utilities have plans to ask for extensions for eight reactors, and up to 20 more requests may follow.
Unit 3 of Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant has begun a scheduled outage for refueling and maintenance. During the outage, workers will make modifications to the unit to get it ready for plant upgrades that will increase output.
To meet its target of commissioning the first reactor at its nuclear power plant in December 2019, Belarus and its partners must finish the main construction and commissioning operations and have nuclear fuel delivered in 2018, Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik said.
Czech Republic energy company CEZ is looking at its options from different nations to determine who will construct nuclear reactors in the country. The prominent companies in France and the US have both recently had difficulties that may make them less attractive, while Russia, China and South Korea are very active lately, which could increase their chances, William Freebairn, senior managing editor of Nucleonics Week, said.
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