Midwest Energy News

Keystone Pipeline spill among largest in North Dakota

PIPELINES: The Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, the pipeline’s second major spill in two years. (Washington Post)

• A smaller incident spills 8,400 gallons of oil on pastureland in western North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A Michigan judge rules in favor of Enbridge’s plan to build a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 pipeline; Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to appeal. (Bridge Magazine)
• Nessel’s office releases a report raising concerns about Enbridge’s willingness to pay for damages in the event of a spill. (Detroit Free Press)

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• A solar-plus-storage pilot at Southern Illinois University will give students and first responders hands-on experience while introducing the technology in a coal-heavy region of the state. (Energy News Network)
• Alliant Energy announces plans to build 1,000 MW of solar in Wisconsin over the next four years. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLIMATE: The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly says climate change is “probably” real but criticizes Gov. Tony Evers’ newly formed climate change task force. (Associated Press)

• Regulators could decide in the coming months whether to grant permits for the
first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes, but prospects for future projects remains uncertain. (E&E News, subscription)
• North Dakota regulators consider lighting components and local hiring as part of a planned 205 MW wind project. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Wisconsin regulators will allow the state’s largest utility to refinance part of its debt on a shuttered coal plant, saving ratepayers more than $100 million, but also warning it’s not a template for future plant closures. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Murray Energy bankruptcy filings appear to contradict former CEO Bob Murray’s claims that coal is less than half the cost of wind and solar resources. (E&E News, subscription)
• Local officials in southeastern Ohio are hopeful Murray Energy’s restructuring will preserve jobs in the region. (Wheeling News-Register)

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NUCLEAR: The CEO of Exelon says state lawmakers need to take action by next spring to keep four of the company’s nuclear plants from closing. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Missouri regulators vote to exempt two St. Louis-area counties from a statewide vehicle emissions testing program. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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