Daily digest

Chicago-area petcoke case settled for $1.4 million

PETCOKE: Companies handling petcoke near Chicago agree to a $1.4 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit following coal-dust exposure to nearby communities. (Northwest Indiana Times)

PIPELINES:
• Officials test a pipeline spill scenario in waters in eastern Michigan. (Associated Press)
North Dakota regulators approve the third leg of a pipeline that will connect to the Dakota Access project. (Grand Folks Herald)
Construction begins on the North Dakota portion of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
Residents raise safety, property rights and jobs concerns over a proposed natural gas pipeline passing through Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
The company responsible for North Dakota’s largest saltwater pipeline spills says it is taking new measures that will detect leaks sooner. (Dickinson Press)

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SOLAR:
• Plans move forward for a 40-acre solar array outside Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An apartment complex in Milwaukee turns to solar and geothermal as it seeks a LEED platinum certification. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• DTE Energy begins construction on a 200,000-panel solar project in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• Local officials in Indiana block a planned 100,000-panel solar project following neighborhood concerns. (Columbus Republic)
An Indiana company plans a one-megawatt installation. (Inside Indiana Business)

NUCLEAR:
• Hundreds gather at the Illinois Capitol in support of a bill to support Exelon’s struggling nuclear plants. (Quad-City Times)
A new report says U.S. nuclear reactors aren’t prepared to handle natural disasters. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy expects wind energy to make up 24 percent of its supply, and for solar to triple by 2020. (Reuters)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The main opposition to the federal rules wants the U.S. EPA to stop fulfilling requests for information as the plan is being challenged in court. (ClimateWire)

OIL AND GAS: Nebraska landowners object to plans for a wastewater injection well. (Chadron Record)

GRID: Prices drop sharply in the latest PJM capacity auction. (RTO Insider)

BUSINESS: Bankrupt coal, oil and gas and solar companies prepare for a reshaped energy industry. (EnergyWire)

POLITICS: The Federal Election Commission won’t pursue a case against Ohio-based Murray Energy despite “compelling” evidence that employees were coerced to contribute to Republican political candidates. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLIMATE: Revisiting the predictions of “An Inconvenient Truth” on its 10th anniversary. (ClimateWire)

COAL: Term prices are difficult to come by for Illinois Basin coal. (Platts)

OIL AND GAS: A slight uptick in the number of oil rigs operating in North Dakota marks the start of an oil expo there. (Bismarck Tribune)

GASOLINE: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declares an “energy emergency” over concerns about a gasoline shortage this weekend. (WXYZ-TV)

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