EMISSIONS: For the president and CEO of Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group, reducing the utility’s greenhouse gas emissions is about economics. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

FRAC SAND: Environmental groups drop their lawsuits against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over its approval of clearing wetlands for a frac sand mining operation, though they are still pushing the agency to withdraw the permit. (LaCrosse Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer has a standing offer to the state of North Dakota to help it pay for the law enforcement costs of protests. (Forum News Service)
• The Trump administration denied North Dakota’s request for a “major disaster declaration” that would have helped pay for the law enforcement costs. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A $290 million solar project completed in Minnesota last month is mired in legal disputes as subcontractors say they haven’t been paid for their work. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Companies in Ohio and Illinois are selected to receive roughly $1 million each as part of a broader U.S. Department of Energy competitive solar grant program. (Utility Dive)

OIL BY RAIL: Local officials in Illinois consider themselves lucky that there wasn’t more extensive damage after an oil train derailed in late June, four years after a deadly incident in Quebec. (DeSmog Blog)

CLEAN TECH: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp joins two others in introducing a bill that would extend and expand tax credits for technologies aimed at lowering carbon emissions, including carbon capture. (Forum News Service)

OIL AND GAS:
• A neighboring company wants to be involved in a case being considered by Ohio regulators over siting a new natural gas plant. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Residents express concern over the impact of underground testing for oil and gas deposits in a South Dakota county. (Hot Springs Star)

SUSTAINABILITY: A growing number of businesses are embracing “decoupling,” which allows for company growth while also reducing carbon emissions. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLIMATE:
• Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett aims to send a “very loud and clear message” that the city remains committed to efforts combating climate change. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Polar explorer and Minnesota native Will Steger says the breaking of a massive ice sheet in Antarctica was driven by climate change, not natural events. (CBS Minnesota)

COMMENTARY: A North Dakota editorial says two companies’ plans to expand a natural gas processing plant and add services at an oil refining facility are “good news for the state.” (Bismarck Tribune)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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