Midwest Energy News

Former Murray Energy lobbyist confirmed as U.S. EPA deputy

OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Senate confirms former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as the EPA’s deputy administrator. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL ASH: Coal ash seeping into Illinois’ only national scenic river makes it one of the nation’s most threatened waterways, a conservation group says. (Chicago Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• Northern Michigan residents say the risk of a leak or rupture from the aging Line 5 pipeline is a growing threat to the region. (Bridge Magazine)
• Enbridge maintains the structural integrity of Line 5 has not been compromised after being damaged by a ship’s anchor. (MLive)

WIND: More northwestern North Dakota residents are seeking information about how they could be affected by wind energy development. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota regulators approve the expansion of a natural gas processing plant that’s designed to reduce flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The U.S. oil and gas industry will likely need a major infrastructure investment in the coming years to meet increased supply. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• More neighbors of a We Energies coal plant in Wisconsin say they are affected by coal dust exposure. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Weak clearing prices at grid operator MISO’s annual capacity auction compound problems for Illinois coal plants. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Nuclear Energy Institute says declaring an emergency to support FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants should be a “bridging strategy.” (RTO Insider)

UTILITIES:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells a House committee his department will likely take action to help struggling coal and nuclear plants, but he hasn’t committed to a specific policy. (Utility Dive)
• FirstEnergy says more plants could close without support from the federal government. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR: Champaign County, Illinois, discusses zoning regulations as it prepares for an influx of solar projects. (WCIA)

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BIOFUELS: The Trump administration may allow the sale of gasoline blended with ethanol year-round in an effort to help farmers. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan columnist says the time has come to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Radio)
• A clean energy advocate says a mid-Michigan county can be a leader on wind energy development. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)

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