Midwest Energy News

Enbridge report details cost, timeline of potential pipeline tunnel

PIPELINES: Enbridge estimates a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for its Line 5 pipeline could cost up to $500 million and take six years to build. (Detroit Free Press)

• Michigan’s attorney general has taken concrete action on the Line 5 pipeline, though not as drastic as some environmentalists wish. (Bridge Magazine)
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide next week on whether to approve Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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CLIMATE: A recent report recognizes the growing trend of shareholder proposals for climate-related disclosures, but finds the proposals don’t affect stock values in the short term. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: The Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum touts the economic benefits of renewable energy in an attempt to get Republican lawmakers’ support for the industry. (La Crosse Tribune)

WIND: Federal wildlife officials attempt to determine how many bald eagle deaths should be permitted annually at a North Dakota wind project. (Forum News Service)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Battery manufacturer LG Chem will hire 40 more workers at a western Michigan plant as it ramps up components for electric vehicles. (MLive)

COAL: A review of new coal ash storage data at sites in the Ohio Valley found most show signs of leaking contaminants. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• A company builds exploratory wells in north-central Ohio to seek “the next big source” of oil and gas in the state. (Canton Repository)
• As North Dakota oil and gas production increased in April, state officials also saw an uptick of natural gas flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Officials are assessing the impact of a natural gas pipeline that caught fire in Kansas. (Reuters)
• Concerns increase over oil and gas injection wells in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

BIOFUELS: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt faces a “rough reception” in South Dakota from those claiming he is undermining the state’s ethanol industry. (Associated Press)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A northeastern Nebraska waste-to-energy plant faces new complaints over odor issues as state officials investigate. (Sioux City Journal)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy advocates encourage a Michigan municipal utility to adopt on-bill financing to help customers pay for home energy upgrades. (Grand Haven Tribune)

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