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Industry, environmentalists compromise again on fracking

FRACKING: A consortium of industry and environmental groups has developed a set of voluntary standards to cover drilling in the Northeast, as well as in Ohio’s Utica Shale. (Associated Press)

ALSO: An anti-fracking group criticizes energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz for failing to disclose his ties to the natural gas industry in a report touting the future of the fuel; other environmental groups have raised concerns about Moniz’s business interests. (New York Times, ProPublica)

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FRAC SAND: Minnesota’s governor says he doesn’t support a state moratorium on frac sand mining, and a South Dakota company secures claims for sand mining in three Black Hills counties. (Rochester Post-Bulletin, Associated Press)

COAL: Wisconsin regulators approve a new type of pollution control technology for a Wausau power plant, and federal election officials investigate Murray Energy’s donations to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

EFFICIENCY: FirstEnergy’s three-year energy conservation plan is unveiled as the utility fights to repeal state efficiency requirements, and an environmental group showcases a century-old Columbus church as an example of the efficiency law’s effectiveness. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch)

POLITICS: Senate and House leaders say Congress might pass some energy legislation this session, with measures on efficiency, hydropower and nuclear waste management enjoying broad support. (The Hill)

WIND: An overflow crowd packs an Indiana high school auditorium as local officials debate the fate of a proposed wind farm. (Kokomo Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Iowa City proceeds with plans to develop a project that would convert landfill waste into biofuel. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

TECHNOLOGY: A New York Times tech writer reviews six LED light bulbs.

COMMENTARY: How the press contributes to the spread of “wind turbine syndrome,” and how Iowa’s wind feed-in tariff bill offers hope for bipartisan progress on energy. (Slate, Grist)

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