Daily digest

Neighbors pack hearing on Chicago petroleum coke pile

NOTE TO READERS: Beginning Monday we will switch to a new email provider to improve readability on mobile devices. If you encounter any problems with your subscription, please contact editor Ken Paulman at info@energynews.us.

EPA: An error that Congress made more than 20 years ago may be industry’s only hope of avoiding carbon dioxide regulations for existing power plants. (Greenwire)

‘PETKOCH’: Residents of a southeast Chicago neighborhood pack a hearing to voice concerns to industry and city officials about growing piles of petroleum coke along the Calumet River. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

***SPONSORED LINK: Register today for the Midwest’s largest energy efficiency event, the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, taking place January 14-16 in Chicago. Use Code MWEN25off for $25 off just for Midwest Energy News readers.***

POLLUTION: Environmental groups dispute a utility’s claim that a cloud of fly ash released over Springfield, Missouri this week is harmless. (Springfield News-Leader)

OIL: Gasoline futures are spiking after a Wednesday night fire closed down a Chicago-area refinery. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: A study ordered by the Nebraska legislature on “cyclical” climate change is running into a hitch — scientists are refusing to participate. (Omaha World-Herald)

ALSO: Wall Street investors want answers on the long-term value of fossil fuel reserves, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the debate on whether to act on climate change has “turned the corner.” (InsideClimate News, The Hill)

COAL: An Ohio coal mine will shut down, Illinois towns brace for the impact of coal mine layoffs, and a historical marker honoring Illinois’ first coal mine will be replaced more than 30 years after the original disappeared. (Columbus Business First, Springfield State Journal-Register, Carbondale Southern)

ELECTRIC CARS: Eight states on the east and west coasts will coordinate policies with a goal of putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. (New York Times)

KEYSTONE XL: The State Department will release documents showing communications with lobbying firms seeking approval of Keystone XL; and a former White House climate adviser says President Obama will likely reject the pipeline, “but there will be some more twists and turns before we get there.” (The Hill)

***SPONSORED LINK: Total Energy USA introduces its Professional Industry Hiring Event––the industry’s solution for matching leading businesses with the best talent across the oil, gas and alternative energy industries. Submit your resume today! ***

BIOENERGY: At Nebraska’s Bacon Hill Farms, a hog manure biodigester generates enough electricity to power 50 homes. (National Hog Farmer)

COMMENTARY: Why we should all be concerned about petroleum coke piles in Chicago’s Southeast Side. (Huffington Post)

Comments are closed.