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Illinois fracking taxes: Too little, too late?

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)

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