‘PETKOCH’: Chicago residents file a lawsuit seeking to require petroleum coke piles on the Calumet River to be covered or enclosed. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL: Federal investigators say a lightning strike may have caused a pipeline rupture that spilled 20,000 barrels of crude in North Dakota; meanwhile, the state’s health department plans to unveil a new website disclosing information about oil spills. (Bismarck Tribune)

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COAL: While the EPA lingers on regulations for coal ash, a Michigan group says the current patchwork of state laws is inadequate to protect public health. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A report says the cost of coal will rise more quickly than previously thought, and a new museum in suburban Des Moines will tell the story of Iowa’s coal mining history. (Columbus Business First, Des Moines Register)

SOLAR: Minnesota regulators say Xcel Energy must continue its solar rebate program, but A growing number of participants in Xcel’s solar program will mean smaller payouts. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) (Editor’s note: The first story in this item is an older article that was accidentally resent over the Star Tribune’s RSS feed.)

CLIMATE: The White House issues an order making it easier for federal dollars to be spent on adapting infrastructure to a changing climate, a pair of senators introduces a bill calling for a national renewable energy standard, and a Canadian report finds carbon emissions per barrel of oil sands production are increasing and will likely continue to do so. (New York Times, Grist, InsideClimate News)

FRACKING: The Coast Guard releases a proposal to allow fracking wastewater to be shipped by barge on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. (Akron Beacon Journal)

SUBSIDIES: The White House announces it will begin publishing annual totals for fossil fuel subsidies. (The Hill)

WIND: An Illinois-based wind tower manufacturer says it’s seeing record sales. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ETHANOL: A bipartisan group of 169 lawmakers wants the EPA to lower the renewable fuel mandate. (Des Moines Register)

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NATURAL GAS: An energy expert says the renewable energy and natural gas industries should be working together. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: A retired Kentucky coal miner says the “war on coal” rhetoric is “nothing more than a smokescreen” that obscures the real economic challenges in coal country. (The Hill)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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