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Iowa regulators approve $3.8B Bakken pipeline, landowners vow to keep fighting

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators unanimously approve a permit for the $3.8 billion Bakken pipeline to pass through the state and for the company to use eminent domain. Opponents vow to continue fighting the project. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, KCCI-TV)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Missouri lawmakers look to postpone state work on a compliance strategy. (Midwest Energy News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A partnership between the city of Minneapolis and two utilities is receiving national attention for reducing emissions through efficiency and renewables. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A federal jury rules that an oil and gas company in Pennsylvania must pay two families $4.2 million in damages over water contamination from fracking. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: Even though crude oil prices are on the rise, underlying market factors may continue to push some U.S. companies out of the industry. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR: Led by utility-scale projects, new research predicts the U.S. solar market will grow 119 percent this year. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Some Nebraska legislators are seeking alternative means to advance a bill that would loosen regulations on wind development. (McCook Gazette)

UTILITIES: The largest utility in Kansas is said to be in the early stages of exploring options that could lead to its sale. (Bloomberg News)

CLIMATE:
• A climate pact between the U.S. and Canada addresses some of the lesser-known issues contributing to climate change, such as methane and aviation. (Climate Central)
• Scientists see an unprecedented growth rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 2015. (Climate Central)

CLEAN TECH: The U.S. government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the nation to speed up clean energy technology. (Associated Press)

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VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The automaker’s top U.S. executive is ousted after clashing with company officials in Germany over the handling of last year’s emissions scandal. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Williston, North Dakota “did the right thing” by seeking to close down “man camps” following the area’s oil and gas boom. (Bismarck Tribune)
President Obama’s plan to cut methane emissions as part of a climate pact with Canada comes “better late than never.” (New York Times)

CORRECTION: A lawsuit over coal layoffs is being led by a miner from Illinois, not Indiana. An item in yesterday’s digest listed the wrong state. 

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