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FRACKING: An Ohio State study finds that faulty well casings — not fracking — are responsible for water contamination near shale gas operations in Pennsylvania and Texas. (Columbus Dispatch)
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OIL: New pipeline projects mean the nation’s largest oil hub, in Cushing, Oklahoma, continues to grow; and Canadian environmental groups threaten legal action over Enbridge’s plan to increase oil sands flows into the U.S. (Tulsa World, Toronto Globe & Mail)
GRID: A court ruling on demand response could spike energy bills by 20% in Illinois. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
ALSO: How thousands of residential water heaters could serve as a “virtual power plant” to help manage the grid. (EnergyWire)
COAL: The Government Accountability Office increases its estimate for coal plant retirements by 2025. (The Hill)
PIPELINES: TransCanada applies for a new permit for Keystone XL in South Dakota, pipeline developers face opposition in North Dakota, and Michigan residents want more transparency about a proposed natural gas line. (Associated Press, Forum News Service, MLive)
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TRANSPORTATION: Chicago becomes the first city in North America with an all-electric garbage truck. (CleanTechnica)
COMMENTARY: Energy efficiency investments are paying back $3-$4 for every dollar spent. (Christian Science Monitor)
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