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Enbridge: 2010 Michigan oil spill costs exceed $1 billion

OIL: The cost of cleaning up the 2010 Kalamazoo River pipeline spill in Michigan has passed $1 billion, according to a document filed with Minnesota regulators. (DeSmog Canada)

WIND: A group of farmers hopes to become the first local owner-producers in Nebraska to generate electricity with wind turbines on their land. (Midwest Energy News)

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ENERGY LOANS: A watchdog report warns of “appearance of favoritism” over hirings related to the Energy Department’s loan program, and the White House may revive a $25 billion program to encourage more efficient cars. (The Hill, Detroit News)

CLIMATE: Congress and the White House prepare for a fight over a series of climate-related regulations currently moving through the EPA. (The Hill)

FRACKING: A lawsuit in Arkansas will test the link between fracking wastewater and earthquakes. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Wall Street investment banks are interested in energy efficiency, provided backers can create a large enough program to entice them. (The Guardian)

TRANSMISSION: The approval of a new Illinois transmission line required resolving conflicts with the FutureGen coal plant. (Power Engineering)

ETHANOL: The ethanol industry launches an ad blitz to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: How to keep the North Dakota oil boom from becoming a bursting bubble. (MinnPost)

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