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Exxon claims debunked, Arkansas oil spill was dilbit

WIND: More than two years after Wisconsin completed a bipartisan process to establish statewide standards for siting wind turbines, development remains sluggish amid continuing political pushback. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: Exxon’s claims that the Mayflower pipeline wasn’t carrying diluted bitumen are debunked, a study by Keystone XL opponents pegs the pipeline’s climate impact as equivalent to 46 coal plants, and the State Department will hold a marathon public hearing on Keystone XL in Nebraska today. (InsideClimate News, Bloomberg, Lincoln Journal Star)

CLIMATE: A coalition of 12 states and cities threatens to sue the EPA over delays to carbon rules for new power plants. (The Hill)

FRACKING: Supporters of a ballot measure to ban fracking in Michigan can begin gathering signatures, and officials from Ohio and other states tell House lawmakers that federal fracking regulations aren’t needed. (Detroit Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

NATURAL GAS: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says Germany is “much more interested in buying natural gas from Ohio and Pennsylvania than from Vladimir Putin.” (E&E Daily)

COAL: The Sierra Club questions the viability of an Illinois coal plant that was recently granted an extension to install pollution controls, and coal shipments on the Great Lakes were down 55 percent last month. (Lake County News-Sun, Northland News Center)

UTILITIES: Minneapolis watches closely as Boulder, Colorado takes further steps to break away from Xcel Energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NORTH DAKOTA: A utility seeks permission to modified a little-used coal ash pit to accept oil field waste. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Toyota has passed the 5-million mark in hybrid sales, and tech reporter Katie Fehrenbacher takes a closer look at what went wrong at Fisker Automotive. (Los Angeles Times, GigaOM)

TRANSMISSION: A northern Minnesota utility narrows down possible routes for a new transmission line to import hydropower from Manitoba. (Duluth News Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A study finds that none of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they had to pay for their full environmental impact. (Grist)

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