Midwest Energy News

Groups challenge air permit granted for North Dakota oil refinery

COAL: Ohio’s coal industry and environmental groups want millions of dollars returned to a state fund meant to pay for cleanup of retired coal mines. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says activists “will be waiting” to oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

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• Environmental groups sue North Dakota over an air quality permit that allows for an $800 million oil refinery near a national park. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota’s oil production reached record levels in May. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Ohio’s shale gas production spiked in the first three months of the year. (Columbus Business First)
• Wisconsin researchers study the potential impacts of an oil spill in a marsh habitat. (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

FRAC SAND: A five-year pilot project successfully transforms a former Wisconsin frac sand mine into a wild prairie. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

• Residents in rural western Michigan promote solar power as a way to offset energy use. (Manistee News Advocate)
• A company files plans for a 42-acre solar project in western Illinois. (Monmouth Daily Review Atlas)

POLLUTION: Indiana has spent at least $21 million cleaning up former gas stations once owned by Vice President Mike Pence’s family. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Proposals to build natural gas plants across the Midwest face opposition as renewable energy costs decline. (E&E News)

BIOFUELS: U.S. farmers are increasingly concerned about their future under the Trump administration’s biofuels policy. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: ComEd plans to demolish a former coal gasification plant in southern Illinois to redevelop the site. (Southern Illinoisan)

COMMENTARY: A Vox writer notes utility regulators in Michigan and Minnesota have faced opposition as they consider plans for natural gas plants.

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