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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)

• 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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• 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)

• 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 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)

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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• 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)

• 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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