State’s cap-trade plan faces hearings. Albuquerque Journal (subscription)

Barrier berm advocates not deterred by environmental regulators’ misgivings. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Coastal restoration trust fund idea backed by America’s Energy Coast. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Spill damage assessment to take years. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Two of three shoreline protection projects in East Jefferson are being protested. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Gulf oil spill: Oil concentrations in gulf waters are decreasing. Los Angeles Times

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right houses are challenging the way New Orleans homeowners think about solar energy. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Landrieu won’t vote for renewables bill unless offshore drilling proceeds. The Hill

The well is dead, but Gulf challenges live on. Associated Press

Oil spill is far from over for those who live, work along the Gulf. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Businesses make switch to solar energy. Santa Fe New Mexican

Ancient seeds in Mexico help fight warming effects. Reuters

Gulf oil spill: Bacteria mainly ate the gas, not the oil. Los Angeles Times

NM gets millions for energy projects. Associated Press

Drilling moratorium hasn’t cost many jobs, Obama administration report says. Bloomberg

Sen. Inhofe confident he’ll be EPW Chairman after midterm elections. Greenwire

Louisiana’s love-hate relationship with the oil industry. Los Angeles Times

Sustainability committee reaches out to other area communities. Sangre Chronicle

Corps of Engineers levee armoring plans have state officials concerned. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Whodunit on the bayou: Is oil or heat behind massive fish kill? Fuel Fix

Washington cracks down on abandoned Gulf wells. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

National GOP donors give big in NM gov race. Associated Press

New rules slow Gulf drilling pace in shallow water. Houston Chronicle

Gulf may avoid direst predictions after oil spill. New York Times

Oklahoma officials concerned about pollution from Texas. Oklahoman

OSU-OKC offers Oklahoma’s first degree in “green” construction. Oklahoman

Lesser prairie chicken may cripple Oklahoma’s wind energy industry. Oklahoman

Proposed emissions limits draw debate in Farmington public comment hearing. Farmington Daily Times

Wind energy project is reality. Cibola Beacon

Gulf oxygen levels are lower, but not deadly, in wake of spill, researchers report. New Orleans Times-Picayune

BP report blames itself, others for oil spill. Associated Press

Latest fire won’t extend oil drill ban – official. Reuters

A threat greater than any oil spill? Houston Chronicle

Corps headquarters gives thumbs-up to restoration projects. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Fayetteville Shale approaches crossroad. (subscription) Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Wind industry fights to defend its position as clean energy alternative. Oklahoman

Will fossil fuels or renewables reign in New Mexico? (subscription) New Mexico Business Weekly

Mariner opposed federal safety rule. Associated Press

Mariner Gulf fire sparks calls to keep drilling ban. Bloomberg

BP says limits on drilling imperil spill payouts. New York Times

BP says failed blowout preventer off Gulf well. Reuters

Water, weeds, climate change studied at UAPB farm. Lonoke Democrat

NOAA reopens more than 4,000 square miles of closed Gulf fishing area. NOAA

NMED hears opposition to cap and trade petition. Carlsbad Current-Argus

New Orleans finally recovering from post-Katrina brain drain. Solveclimate

Fayetteville shale short of expectations, but still a ‘shot in the arm’ to economy. Arkansas Business