FRACKING: As an Ohio company sends diluted fracking wastewater to a municipal treatment plant, where it eventually winds up in the Mahoning River, state officials debate whether the practice is legal, and which agency should regulate it. (EnergyWire)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania study finds brine from the Marcellus Shale can make its way into drinking water supplies, but found no contamination from drilling operations. (New York Times)

OIL: A meeting today will discuss the cause of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill in Michigan; and North Dakota wildlife officials have little recourse to protect the state’s most pristine natural areas from drilling. (Battle Creek Enquirer, EnergyWire)

EPA: A federal appeals court could rule as early as today on the EPA’s Cross-State pollution rule, and agency officials will meet today with state regulators to discuss pollution rules that have come under political fire. (Reuters, The Hill)

COAL: The Illinois EPA may reconsider an air permit for Tenaska’s proposed coal-to-gas plant in Taylorville, and St. Louis-based Patriot Coal files for bankruptcy. (Chicago Tribune, Associated Press)

WISCONSIN: After a yearlong hiatus, the state’s Focus on Energy program resumes, offering $2 million in incentives for renewable energy projects. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: DTE Energy activated its air conditioner cycling program on Friday amid record high temperatures. (Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: The city utility in Traverse City, Michigan, asks residents whether they’d pay a surcharge to support a new solar project, and Michigan’s largest solar array goes live atop an IKEA store in Canton. (Traverse City Record-Eagle, news release)

COMMENTARY: Brad Plumer looks at how air conditioning has impacted our society — and our climate. (Washington Post)

Ken Paulman

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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