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Bakken oil producer files for bankruptcy amid threat of ‘massive collapse’

OIL & GAS: A major oil producer in the Bakken region files for bankruptcy, citing the global oil price war and the coronavirus pandemic. (Bismarck Tribune)

ALSO: Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the U.S. oil industry is “on the verge of a massive collapse.” (USA Today)

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DIVESTMENT: Despite pressure from youth activists, Minnesota financial officials are reluctant to divest the state’s portfolio from fossil fuel companies. (City Pages)

RENEWABLES: DTE Energy adds more solar power to its near-term renewable energy plan filed with state regulators, though advocates say the utility could be doing more. (Michigan Radio)

EMISSIONS:
• A refinery and two coal plants in southeastern Michigan continue to operate normally during the pandemic as air pollution remains a concern. (Bridge Magazine)
• Ann Arbor, Michigan’s sustainability manager says the city’s recently adopted net-zero carbon goal by 2030 will be “an enormous undertaking.” (MLive)

COAL: Alliance stops production at all of its Illinois Basin coal mines to evaluate customer needs amid the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in hundreds of layoffs for at least two weeks. (Mining Magazine, WFIE)

CLIMATE: Minnesota climate advocates say public safety is the No. 1 priority during the coronavirus outbreak, but it can provide lessons for taking future climate action. (Star Tribune)

SOLAR: A southeastern Michigan township is partnering with nearby Ann Arbor on a 70-acre solar development, which fits with the township’s broader sustainability plan. (MLive)

PIPELINES: North Dakota regulators approve two pipeline projects that will move carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery and natural gas liquids. (Bismarck Tribune)

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STORAGE: Battery storage is added to an Illinois wind project to deliver frequency regulation in the PJM market. (Energy Storage News)

NUCLEAR: Exelon ramps up safety measures after a worker at its Quad-Cities nuclear plant tests positive for COVID-19. (Quad-City Times)

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