PIPELINES: Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke says President Biden has betrayed tribes by not intervening to stop construction on the Line 3 pipeline. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Enbridge has spilled more drilling mud along the Line 3 construction route than previously reported and has been buying water from two northern Minnesota cities for dust suppression after the state restricted the company’s withdrawals from drought-stricken lakes and rivers. (Star Tribune)
• Line 3 construction has continued through the summer and is nearly complete despite ongoing protests and legal challenges hoping to stop the project. (Inside Climate News)

OIL & GAS:
• Ohio environmental officials say oil and gas drilling fluids that migrated underground in 2019 have not affected nearby drinking water wells. (Columbus Dispatch)
• An equipment malfunction caused 260 barrels of crude oil and 390 barrels of produced water to spill in North Dakota over the weekend. (Williston Herald)
• Federal regulators seek more information from the owner of a St. Louis natural gas pipeline detailing the alleged reliability impacts of shutting down the line. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan leads a group of lawmakers in saying the Senate’s infrastructure bill “falls far short” of needed investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Detroit News)

SOLAR:
• Solar power is poised to take off in Iowa with multiple large projects under consideration that would complement the state’s wind energy sector. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A Minneapolis suburb expects to start construction next year on a subscription-based rooftop community solar project. (ECM Publishers)
• AEP Ohio recently completed a solar-powered microgrid at a municipal water treatment plant to help with the facility’s energy resilience. (Daily Energy Insider)

CLIMATE:
• More than 600 local governments in the U.S. have adopted climate action plans, though experts say a majority of the plans are aspirational at best and swifter action is needed. (USA Today)
• A Minnesota clean energy advocate says businesses in the state are taking climate action in part to take advantage of a “compelling and significant market opportunity” with clean energy. (MPR News)

CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. pipeline companies are increasingly investing in renewable fuels and carbon offsets based on pressure from shareholders and policymakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (S&P Global)

EMISSIONS: The incoming CEO of Xcel Energy says state proposals to transition to net zero carbon emissions are in the early stages while opportunities still remain for gas utilities to lower emissions. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

WIND: County officials in central Kansas plan to resume discussions on wind zoning regulations next month as a legal dispute surrounds a proposed 82-turbine project. (Hutchinson News)

COMMENTARY:
• A North Dakota board has operated “in the shadows” as it seeks to recoup disputed royalties from oil and gas drilling companies, a columnist says. (Grand Forks Herald)
• A Nebraska public utility executive says the state should “stay the current course” with its power generation supply to avoid potential cost increases and reliability concerns. (North Platte Telegraph)
• A University of Iowa researcher says the state has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by about 5% over the past 10 years: “But that is not nearly fast enough.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.