Midwest Energy News

Inslee calls Line 5 pipeline a threat to Great Lakes

PIPELINES: Presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac a “clear and present threat” to the Great Lakes. (MLive)

• Meanwhile, Enbridge outlines $40 million in engineering and geological preparations for building a tunnel for Line 5. (Bridge Magazine)
• Keystone XL pipeline opponents again ask a judge to block construction of the $8 billion project after President Trump issued it a new permit. (Associated Press)
• Advocates say the Trump administration’s effort to increase punishments for anti-pipeline protests is too extreme. (E&E News, subscription)
• Pipeline opponents want Illinois regulators to reject a request to add three pumping stations along the Dakota Access pipeline that would increase the capacity of oil flowing. (Lawndale News)

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EFFICIENCY: Tech-savvy utility customers are more likely to be interested in energy efficiency programs than others, according to an annual survey. (Energy News Network)

BIOGAS: Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility is the first client in a program launching this month to provide certificates for renewable natural gas. (Energy News Network) 

• Ohio residents raised concerns about drinking water after a company’s attempts to discharge fracking waste at a wastewater treatment site. (Allegheny Front)
• 3,500 barrels of brine and 200 barrels of oil spill after a welding incident at a saltwater disposal site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Progress is being made on a large solar project in southern Illinois to accompany a planned cryptocurrency mining facility. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Local officials delay a decision on a proposed 200-acre solar project in mid-Michigan. (WJRT)

RENEWABLES: An environmental group’s analysis shows clean energy thriving in Republican-leaning states like Iowa and Indiana. (Washington Examiner)

CLIMATE: A series of presidential candidate forums in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will feature climate change as the primary topic. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

SUSTAINABILITY: A recent conference in Omaha explored ways to put Catholic ideas around sustainability into action, including paths to become carbon neutral. (National Catholic Reporter)

COAL: Xcel Energy begins demolishing a former coal plant in the Twin Cities region. (Fox 9)

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BIOFUELS: President Trump’s request to review biofuel waivers for oil refiners is stalling decisions on 2018 applications. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The Michigan Department of Corrections works with DTE Energy on a program that trains inmates in tree-trimming. (Michigan Radio)

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