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Company wants to ship North Dakota crude on the Great Lakes

OIL: A Superior, Wisconsin refinery proposes a loading dock to ship North Dakota oil on the Great Lakes. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO: The oil boom takes a toll on North Dakota’s hospitals, which are being overwhelmed by uninsured workers with serious injuries; and Enbridge resists a proposed EPA order to dredge the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, where crude from a 2010 pipeline rupture remains. (New York Times, InsideClimate News)

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RED STATE, GREEN REPUBLICAN: A Q&A with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who says his sustainability initiatives are less about the environment and more about “common sense.” (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS: A federal court sides with the oil industry in a challenge to the EPA cellulosic biofuel mandate, and a Missouri ethanol plant is forced to shut down because of the drought. (Greenwire, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

POLITICS: Frustrated with congressional gridlock, aides with expertise in energy and the environment are ditching Capitol Hill. (National Journal)

WIND: Ohio State University expects to save $1 million on its energy bill this year by buying wind power, a wind farm storage battery in Minnesota is back online after a 15-month shutdown for safety upgrades, and Minnesota’s attorney general sues a wind turbine vendor accused of bilking farmers throughout the state. (Columbus Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium develops a plan to cut its energy consumption, the 83-year-old facility spends more than $1.5 million on electricity and natural gas each year. (Chicago Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: A Wisconsin technical school trains technicians to repair truck engines powered by compressed natural gas. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOMASS: Food waste and manure are converted to electricity in a Michigan power plant, and the company that built it has plans for more. (Detroit Free Press)

COMMENTARY: How states, not the federal government, may hold the solution to climate change. (Boston Globe)

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