FRACKING: An analysis finds Illinois’ tax rates for drilling operations would be less than half those in other states with active industries, and the money won’t reach impacted communities until a year after drilling begins. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL: Cleanup continues in Mayflower, Arkansas following Friday’s pipeline rupture, White House officials make no indication whether the incident will affect the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Reuters, Washington Post)

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COAL: Dominion Resources will pay $13.2 million to settle pollution violations at three coal plants, including units in Illinois and Indiana. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: James Hansen retires from NASA to devote himself full-time to climate activism: “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government.” (New York Times)

OHIO: State Sen. Bill Seitz, who voted for Ohio’s renewable energy standard in 2008, now compares the policy to “Joseph Stalin’s five-year plan.” (EcoWatch)

NATURAL GAS: European manufacturers move to the U.S. to take advantage of low natural gas prices, plans proceed for a $3 billion natural gas export terminal on the East Coast, and Chesapeake Energy says it’s holding back Ohio production “due to processing constraints.” (Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO:  A Citigroup report sees a strong future for renewable energy, but only in a “symbiotic” relationship with shale gas. (Grist)

POLLUTION: A Gallup poll finds nearly half of Americans think the government is too lax in protecting the environment. (The Hill)

WHAT’S IN A NAME: On its company blog, A123 Systems explains the whole “B456” thing.

BIOFUELS: Iowa’s biodiesel sales have tripled since 2010. (Des Moines Register)

SOLAR: Minnesota’s first community-owned solar project begins to take shape. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY: How the Arkansas pipeline spill is yet another warning of the risks of shipping diluted tar sands crude. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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