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Amid Keystone XL debate, original Keystone pipeline springs a leak

PIPELINES: As officials in North Dakota work to contain a Keystone pipeline leak, the State Department collects public comments on a revised environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL. (Forum News Service, Wyoming Public Media)

OIL & GAS:
Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” one of the country’s most polluted regions, is being overrun by new oil and gas facilities, but residents are pushing back. (Times-Picayune/The Advocate, Rolling Stone)
Environmental groups sue the Bureau of Land Management over plans for oil and gas development on more than 720,000 acres in California. (Reuters)
• The U.S. House approves legislation barring oil and gas drilling on federal land bordering New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Younger Americans are willing to pay twice as much as their parents for clean energy, according to a Yale and George Mason University survey. (Quartz)
• “We have built the economic case that this is the right thing to do,” an Illinois lawmaker says of the state’s recent pursuit of clean energy. (Chicago Tribune)
Advocates see strong potential for wind and solar development in Nebraska because of the state’s “tremendous” natural resources. (Lincoln Journal Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Three fading obstacles obstacles that have prevented mass adoption of electric vehicles—limited range, a lack of public charging stations, and high prices—are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. (NBC News)
Elon Musk says shifting resources from a solar company he bought three years ago helped save Tesla from bankruptcy as production of the Model 3 was ramped up. (E&E News, subscription)
• Penn State researchers create a new lithium-ion battery that can complete a charge in as little as 10 minutes. (Discover)

WIND:
Revenue from wind turbine leases helped provide steady income for some Ohio farmers during a bad growing season. (Energy News Network)
Massachusetts utilities select a second 800 MW offshore wind contract, in a process that emphasized lower electricity costs. (SouthCoast Today)

SOLAR: Southeast solar developers seek contracts with major corporations as momentum builds to change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin introduces legislation to protect workers’ pensions after news of Murray Energy’s bankruptcy. (Times West Virginian)
• A ripple effect will likely be felt across the coal industry as Murray Energy proceeds through the bankruptcy process. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
The largest coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania will close in a week and February termination notices have been filed for remaining workers. (The Times)

CLIMATE: Rex Tillerson rejects New York’s claim that he defrauded investors on the risks of climate change while he served as ExxonMobil’s CEO. (Bloomberg)

CALIFORNIA: The EPA says PG&E’s planned power outages knocked at least six air quality monitoring stations offline, interfering with their ability to measure the “toxic stew” in the air from California wildfires. (VICE)

EMISSIONS: Monday’s surprise move by automakers to back President Trump’s fight against California emissions rules followed days of pressure by the White House. (New York Times)

OVERSIGHT: Two senators propose legislation to move federal agencies out of Washington D.C., and they want the Energy Department to be in Kentucky. (Courier Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A Yale lecturer says states are transforming the grid to meet climate goals through investments in efficiency, distributed generation, and technology. (GreenBiz)
• At a recent conference, regional energy efficiency organizations shared thoughts on what’s next after lighting. (ACEEE)
• A political and public policy writer says Warren Buffett is not the solution for California’s problems with PG&E. (American Prospect)

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