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Alberta oil sands spill: ‘Everybody is freaking out’

OIL: Despite a deadly derailment in Canada, the amount of oil shipped by rail is expected to continue growing, and cities along the rail lines have little say in the matter. (Associated Press, EnergyWire)

ALSO: A spill at an oil sands operation in Alberta has been ongoing for six weeks, a scientist at the facility says “everybody is freaking out about this.” (Toronto Star)

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FRACKING: Critics say Ohio State University’s proposed research well is just a money-making scheme, activists in Youngstown, Ohio, will try again to ban fracking in the city, and a new report finds Ohio’s bonding requirements for drillers are inadequate. (Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator, Columbus Business First)

FRAC SAND: Demand for Minnesota and Wisconsin frac sand has slowed, but analysts still expect the industry to grow. (Winona Daily News)

GASOLINE: A Michigan state lawmaker introduces a bill to encourage more refineries in the state, which he says will lower gasoline prices. Analysts say that’s not quite how it works. (Lansing State Journal)

COAL: A provision in the House-approved farm bill would benefit a controversial Kansas coal plant. (Lawrence Journal-World)

CLIMATE: A poll finds broad public support for President Obama’s climate plan, and the carbon divestment movement catches on in Wisconsin. (Houston Chronicle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: U.S. electric vehicle sales reach 40,000 in the first half of 2013, General Motors begins to see Tesla as a threat; and despite the city’s financial troubles, support grows for a streetcar in Detroit. (Electric Vehicle News, Green Car Reports, Governing)

ENERGY STORAGE: State and local officials recognize the 40th anniversary of a Michigan pumped-hydro facility. (CBS Detroit)

KEYSTONE XL: A Nebraska county considers a resolution opposing Keystone XL, and a court will hear a challenge in September to a state law approving the revised pipeline route. (Lincoln Journal Star)

NUCLEAR: Layoffs are planned at Michigan’s struggling Palisades nuclear plant. (MLive.com)

COMMENTARY: Utilities are slowly figuring out the potential of smart meters. (Greentech Media)

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