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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)

• 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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• 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 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)

• 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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