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Report: Coal industry has lost 50,000 jobs in five years

• At a hearing in St. Louis, state regulators tell FERC that proposed carbon rules will raise reliability concerns. (EnergyWire)
• The head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. says EPA rules could take 60 GW of coal capacity offline. (Platts)
• An Ohio utility launches a website to fight the Clean Power Plan. (Columbus Business First)

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• A study finds the U.S. coal industry has lost nearly 50,000 jobs in five years. (Washington Post)
• Shipping delays on the Mississippi River impact Illinois coal production. (Platts)

• Federal researchers will be flying over drilling areas in North Dakota and Texas to collect air pollution data. (Bloomberg)
• A North Dakota pipeline spills 500 barrels of saltwater, impacting a nearby wetland. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Is the U.S. really running out of places to store oil? (Forbes)

• An EPA analysis finds drilling companies are keeping 10 percent of the chemicals used in fracking a secret. (InsideClimate News)
• Kansas imposes strict limits on wastewater disposal after a string of earthquakes. (EnergyWire)

OIL TRAINS: Federal data show more than 1 million barrels of crude oil move across the U.S. each day. (Reuters)

WILDLIFE: Federal officials list the Northern long-eared bat as threatened, not endangered, a decision that’s considered a win for oil and gas producers. (Greenwire)

KEYSTONE XL: A South Dakota tribe is given more time to file testimony in a case challenging a permit for Keystone XL. (Rapid City Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan seeks Energy Star certification for eight state facilities. (Lansing State Journal)

BIOFUELS: An Iowa bill would create new incentives for additional products from biofuel production. (WHO-TV)

ELECTRIC CARS: Illinois is ending state rebates for electric vehicles. (AutoBlog)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators propose a $17,500 fine for safety violations at a decommissioned Wisconsin nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: Support for clean energy is one of many ways Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder sets himself apart from other Republicans. (Wall Street Journal)

COMMENTARY: State efforts to thwart the clean power plan are running into opposition — from utilities. (The Energy Collective)

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