FRACKING: An obscure legislative committee is expected to green-light Illinois fracking regulations today. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL: Why Illinois activists want the federal government to take over mining oversight. (Midwest Energy News)

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ELECTION 2014: Analysts say a Republican Senate majority is unlikely to undo major pollution rules or have a significant impact on oil and gas policy, although new governors in several states could change the way EPA carbon rules are implemented. (Greenwire, Platts, ClimateWire)

PIPELINES: Enbridge says cleanup costs for the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill have risen to $1.2 billion, and TransCanada says delays have increased Keystone XL construction costs to $8 billion. (MLive, Bloomberg)

EPA: A national reliability watchdog raises questions about the impact of carbon rules on the grid, and the EPA considers an extended timeline for implementation. (EnergyWire, Bloomberg Businessweek)

WASTE TO ENERGY: An Ohio waste-to-energy project is in question after a developer stops making payments. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Critics say Wisconsin officials broke state rules in accepting a lower tax assessment for a retired nuclear plant. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

WIND: A North Dakota co-op says it plans to double its wind capacity by 2016. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The bipartisan benefits of clean energy jobs, and a former skeptic explains the stages of climate denial. (Huffington Post, The Tyee)

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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