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Energy Secretary warns of ‘reckoning’ for states that block gas pipelines

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PIPELINES: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says state lawmakers will face a “real reckoning” for trying to block natural gas pipelines. (Washington Examiner)

ALSO:
• Opponents promise swift action after Minnesota regulators unanimously approve Enbridge’s plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Industry groups say the U.S. should adopt regulations that favor pipeline infrastructure to push back against environmental opposition. (Reuters)
• A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester locked herself to equipment to stop construction in Virginia, but was removed by authorities. (WDBJ)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The race to pump oil out of the Permian Basin in Texas has led to a shortage of pipelines, workers, and infrastructure. (CNN Money)
• Oil production and revenue is trending higher than forecasted in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A University of Michigan professor discusses the “nuances and misconceptions” around hydraulic fracturing. (Michigan Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Scientists say the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have had lasting impacts on even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico. (The Guardian)

SOLAR:
• A South Carolina state senate committee removes a budget amendment that would have lifted the state’s net metering cap. (Utility Dive)
• A new solar farm in Georgetown, Texas will help the town’s efforts to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (KVUE)

RENEWABLES: Michigan could see billions of dollars in economic activity by pursuing a 30 percent renewable energy target, according to a report from a conservative energy group. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation that allows utilities to propose new rate design approaches, such as decoupling, which separates utility revenues from electricity sales. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Coal power produced by Wyoming’s largest utility is more expensive than renewable energy, according to a new study commissioned by an environmental group. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A National Academy of Sciences report says the coal mining industry needs a “fundamental shift” in the way it controls miners’ exposure to coal dust to prevent black lung disease. (WFPL)

COAL ASH: North Carolina’s attorney general says he will challenge a decision by state regulators to allow Duke Energy to charge consumers hundreds of millions of dollars for cleaning up coal ash. (Associated Press)

BUILDING CODES:
Philadelphia becomes one of the first East Coast cities to adopt the 2018 International Building Code, which includes new efficiency standards. (WHYY)
• North Carolina will see modest changes to its residential energy conservation code after more than a year-long saga. (Energy News Network)

TECHNOLOGY: A California company is using a “gravity train” to store and transport excess energy produced by power grids. (BBC)

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POLITICS:
• A string of political scandals hasn’t sunk EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, but a spat over biofuel might. (Bloomberg)
• Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mocks President Trump for his efforts to revive coal, calling it the “Blockbuster Video of fuel sources.” (The Hill)
• A former Murray Energy lobbyist in a top position at the U.S. EPA recuses himself from discussions over bailing out coal and nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s attempt to use national security to reshape energy policy is not working as well as they intended. (The Intercept)
• If Canada really wants to hit President Trump where it hurts, it should target coal exports, says a Canadian economist. (Vancouver Sun)

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