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Critics say proposed methane regulations lack teeth

OIL AND GAS: The U.S. EPA today is expected to propose regulations aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector; environmental groups say making the rules voluntary for existing infrastructure limits their impact. (Reuters, InsideClimate News)

• Shell gets final approval to begin drilling in the Arctic. (Los Angeles Times)
• South Los Angeles residents protest a plan to flare natural gas at a longtime drilling site. (Los Angeles Times)
• Abandoned oil wells pose a threat to wildlife, and there’s little federal regulators can do about it. (Greenwire)
• Pennsylvania officials work on plans to divert oil trains around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

• A California lawmaker says food irrigated with wastewater from fracking should be labeled. (L.A. Weekly)
• A Colorado town’s fracking ban could be going before the state’s Supreme Court; meanwhile, a proposed ballot measure would give cities more control over drilling. (Associated Press, Denver Business Journal)

Google has developed an online tool that helps owners calculate potential savings from installing rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)
• Alliant Energy announces plans to build the largest solar array in Wisconsin at one of the utility’s coal-ash landfills. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Solar financing is shifting from leases to loans. (Utility Dive)
• California utilities are modeling new solar fees on a similar effort in Arizona. (Arizona Republic)

• A costly coal-gasification gamble in Mississippi hits a testing phase as doubts persist about its financial and operational viability. (EnergyWire)
• More than 1,000 unionized coal miners protest at Patriot Coal’s headquarters over the company’s attempt to nix health benefits and pension contracts during its bankruptcy. (Associated Press)
• Patriot agrees to sell most of its remaining assets to a Virginia conservation nonprofit. (SNL Energy)

• How new transmission infrastructure has led to less curtailment of wind in Texas. (Energy Collective)
• California could be entering a radical new phase in utility and grid planning. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: A paper by James Hansen predicting drastic sea level rise this century begins the peer-review process. (Washington Post)

MEDIA: A beltway publication is failing to disclose sources’ ties to the fossil fuel industry in Clean Power Plan coverage. (Media Matters)

POLITICS: Observers say Ohio Gov. John Kasich could take a more definitive stance on clean energy and set himself apart from the rest of GOP presidential contenders. (National Journal)

COMMENTARY: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the Clean Power Plan can lead to innovation and job growth. (Detroit Free Press)

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