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Feds say lightning may have caused North Dakota oil spill

‘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)

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