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Dakota Access pipeline expansion threatens Missouri River, tribes say

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NATURAL GAS: Michigan’s largest utility pledges net zero methane emissions from its natural gas delivery system by 2030. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members plan to argue against the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline, saying it threatens their Missouri River water supply. (Associated Press)
• Cleanup continues around the clock at the Keystone pipeline spill site in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

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WIND: Local officials in northwestern Wisconsin pass a one-year moratorium on wind development in order to delay a proposed project. (WQOW)

OIL & GAS:
• The North Dakota Supreme Court hears arguments in another challenge to a planned oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)
300 barrels of brine spill from a valve and piping connection at an oil well site in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Sierra Club urges automakers and dealerships to make more electric vehicles available in showrooms to tackle transportation emissions. (Reuters)
• The challenging and disconnected patchwork of EV charging stations across the U.S. is one takeaway by reporters on a cross-country EV road trip. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Officials in Carbondale, Illinois, consider installing solar panels at three city-owned facilities. (WSIL)
• A central Indiana city considers extending a six-month moratorium on large-scale solar projects while a local ordinance is drafted. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

POLITICS: Top Democratic candidates for president share goals to decarbonize the U.S. power system, but have different paths of achieving it. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to shift its climate change position, now supporting U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement. (Grist)

UTILITIES:
• Critics say Michigan’s two largest utilities are failing to limit rate increases on residential customers while underperforming on reliability, while one lawmaker supports municipalization. (Metro Times)
• Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel argues DTE Energy should decrease rates for residential customers as the utility seeks a 9% increase. (WILX)

COMMENTARY: A solar equipment supply company says cities should start setting goals for how much rooftop solar penetration they expect from residents over the next decade. (Solar Power World)

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