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Gas explosions stoke pipeline fears, calls for answers

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PIPELINES: A recipe of fear-inducing elements helps explain why Pennsylvania residents are so wary of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers never sufficiently showed they faced harm without access to properties, lawyers for Virginia landowners say. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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OIL & GAS:
Massachusetts regulators will hire an independent evaluator to assess the state’s natural gas distribution system after a series of home explosions outside Boston. (Associated Press)
Columbia Gas has not responded to queries from U.S. senators and representatives about the cause of the natural gas explosions. (Boston Herald)
U.S. lawmakers ask a federal safety board to hold public hearings in Minnesota and Wisconsin over safety concerns about a refinery explosion this year. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant project will go on as owners reach an agreement over multibillion dollar budget overages. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Two years after Tesla bought the nation’s largest residential solar installation company, no one is really sure what’s going on with SolarCity, though some customers are not impressed. (Greentech Media)
Massachusetts officially launches a solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 MW of solar to the state’s energy portfolio. (The Republican)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric car makers ask Congress to extend a popular tax credit as many now hit a cap under the 2009 law. (The Hill)

TECHNOLOGY: A California company announces it’s developed a rechargeable battery that operates on zinc and air and can store power for less than the cost of a lithium-ion battery. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: President Trump’s promise to deliver a new policy friendly to ethanol producers leaves the EPA administrator to broker a “politically risky deal with the oil industry.” (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Interior Department says the next Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale will offer about 78 million acres. (Associated Press)

GREEN JOBS: The Los Angeles area is the nation’s top metro area for clean energy jobs, according to a new study. (Orange County Register)

CLIMATE: Alaska’s governor signs off on a non-binding climate action plan that recommends the state consider a carbon tax and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry. (Juneau Empire)

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POLITICS: Several contested races for governor this year could reshape clean energy policy across the country. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
President Trump should ensure that the federal mine safety agency doesn’t stop penalizing mines with an established pattern of safety violations, an editorial board says. (Lexington Herald Leader)
An environmental advocate and member of Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board says building a tunnel for Line 5 is “fool’s gold.” (Detroit Free Press)

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