News bites: McAuliffe likes oil drilling, Colorado’s fracking fight, and more

“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe now supports exploring for oil off the coast of Virginia, reversing his position on an issue that both sides of the debate consider to be crucial to the commonwealth’s long-term energy future,” the paper reports.

Bloomberg reports on battles over hydraulic fracturing in the petroleum-rich state of Colorado.

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The Houston Chronicle
reports that the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a bill that would “shield electric utilities from environmental fines and lawsuits if they keep power flowing in emergencies.”

The Wall Street Journal reports on European battles over energy policy.

“The chief executives of eight leading energy utilities Wednesday criticized the European Union's political leaders for the bloc's fragmented energy policy, calling for a more favorable market environment to encourage investment in energy infrastructure,” the paper reports.