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Briefs -- Mesa County, CO, Bids for BLM HQ | Statoil Now Equinor | Pennsylvania Primary

Officials in Mesa County, CO, are making their pitch to host the national headquarters of the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Earlier this year, the three-member elected commission in Mesa County formally urged the Trump administration to consider moving BLM headquarters to Grand Junction, a city within the county. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed dividing BLM's various bureaus into 13 geographic regions across the country, based on watershed and other natural resources boundary lines.

Equinor ASA, the new name of Norwegian oil and gas supermajor Statoil ASA, was approved at the annual general meeting and became effective Wednesday (May 16). Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under “EQNR.” The rebranding to Equinor, headquartered in Stavanger, elevates alternative energy and downgrades fossil fuels. “The biggest transition our modern-day energy systems have ever seen is underway, and we aim to be at the forefront of this development,” said Chairman Jon Erik Reinhardsen. Rebranding is expected to cost an estimated US$32.5 million.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Scott Wagner, who owns a waste-hauling business in south-central part of the state, has won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf in the November general election. Wagner, whose acerbic style has been compared to President Trump’s, is a supporter of the natural gas industry, advocating to cut regulations and pushing back against repeated calls from Wolf to implement a severance tax on production. Wagner beat two other Republican candidates with about 44% of the vote. Wolf began his first term in office in 2015.

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