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FBI investigating Pennsylvania pipeline permits

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PIPELINES: The FBI is investigating how the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf decided to issue permits for the Mariner East pipeline in 2017 that critics say were incomplete. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts gives fourth and final approval to a coastal community compressor station needed for a pipeline from Texas to Canada. (Patriot Ledger)
• Massachusetts residents and officials testify in support of proposed stricter pipeline safety rules that come 14 months after a fatal explosion. (WHDH)
• A gas smell has lingered along a highway corridor outside Philadelphia for two weeks where officials have been unable to locate its source. (CBSPhilly)

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UTILITIES:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatens to revoke National Grid’s license to operate in the southern part of the state in a dispute over providing new natural gas service. (New York Times)
• At a national industry conference, a utility executive says natural gas is an integral part of its sustainability plan. (Daily Energy Insider)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut official propose increasing the state target for electric vehicles from 150,000 by 2025 to 500,000 by 2030. (Westfaironline)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Offshore wind stakeholders in New Jersey say interconnections with the grid will become more complicated as more projects come online. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Massachusetts business group that opposed the state’s first offshore wind project a decade ago is now an enthusiastic supporter of the stalled Vineyard Wind development. (Boston Globe)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joins criticism of Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Peduto’s opposition to a new cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. (KDKA)
• A Pennsylvania Republican congressman touts his relationship with a natural gas company in a tour of facilities in his district. (Wyoming County Examiner)

NUCLEAR: A Johns Hopkins University researcher says nuclear power can be challenged by climate change due to risks from hurricanes to rising sea levels. (Platts)

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EMISSIONS: An industrial city on Maine’s coast that has the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the state reduced its emissions 27% over a decade and pledges to reduce them even further. (Times Record)

COMMENTARY: A pro-pipeline organization says vandalism at construction sites shows the need for stricter laws like one under consideration in Pennsylvania are needed to counter protests. (PennLive)

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