OIL: Estimates of the amount of oil recovered from the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill disappear from the EPA’s website, after they exceed the amount originally thought to have been spilled. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Enbridge shuts down a North Dakota pipeline after a leak is discovered, North Dakota lawmakers vote to close an industry tax loophole, and new Bakken reserve estimates fuel excitement among investors. (Reuters, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO: After holding a series of hearings, a legislator plans to introduce a bill to make unspecified changes to the state’s renewable energy standard, based on “market conditions”; and a coalition of environmental and consumer groups forms to defend the policies. (Dayton Daily News, Crain’s Cleveland Business)

EFFICIENCY: LEED planning moves beyond individual buildings and into entire neighborhoods. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: How Ohio coal mines frequently fight, and win, against federal fines for pollution violations. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FRACKING: The fossil fuel industry attracts cleantech investors, as residents in southern Illinois and suburban Detroit prepare for the fracking boom. (Associated Press, Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: Bills in Minnesota would create a new solar standard and create other solar requirements for utilities. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLIMATE: Delegates from the U.S. push a new climate plan that would leave emissions targets up to individual countries. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: The Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan shuts down because of a recurring water leak. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota falls behind on transit investment, and a report generates controversy for depicting large-scale renewable energy projects as “blight.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Grist)

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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