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Landowners challenge Iowa regulators’ authority on pipeline

NATURAL GAS: A new natural-gas combined cycle plant will help expand a West Michigan city’s rare snowmelt system. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Landowners say in a new lawsuit that the Iowa Utilities Board does not have the authority to allow a company access to private property to build a pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Members of Minnesota’s White Earth tribe protest a proposed Enbridge pipeline project: “Eventually something is going to go wrong.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

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FRAC SAND:
• A frac sand company agrees to pay a Wisconsin county nearly $500,000 to settle a lawsuit related to road damages, a fear shared by many communities with such mining operations. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Advocates in a southeastern Minnesota county seek to ban large-scale frac sand mining. (LaCrosse Tribune)

PRAIRIE STATE: A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit brought on by ratepayers against consultants who advised city officials to buy into the controversial Illinois coal project. (Daily Herald)

METHANE:
• The EPA announced new rules Tuesday to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by up to 45 percent over the next 10 years. (Climate Central)
Natural-gas gathering facilities lose about eight times more cubic feet of natural gas a year than that estimated by the EPA, new research shows. (New York Times)
North Dakota’s U.S. senators say the industry needs support from the federal government, not more regulation. (Bismarck Tribune)
Industry officials call the proposed rules “unnecessary and unproductive.” (San Antonio Business Journal)

FRACKING: The myths surrounding a provision in a 2005 energy law exempting fracking from parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act, known as the “Halliburton loophole,” continue to grow. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR:
• Researchers say community solar is a middle ground between utilities and rooftop installers in the battle over net metering. (Washington Post)
• A Michigan bill could impact existing solar customers. (MLive)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A group of Islamic officials issue an eight-page declaration calling on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to help fight climate change. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: With a drilling slowdown, North Dakota diesel supplies are expected to be adequate for this fall’s agriculture harvest. (Bismarck Tribune)

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POLITICS: Why Hillary Clinton’s opposition to drilling in the Arctic is more important than her indecision over Keystone XL. (New Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• The sky is not falling with the Clean Power Plan, and Wisconsin has a head start on compliance. (Racine Journal Times)
An Ohio coal industry official says the Clean Power Plan will weaken the U.S. electric grid. (Columbus Dispatch)
Wind power will be key in lowering Wisconsin electric rates over the long term. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• An Indiana faith-based group says the Clean Power Plan “aligns with and affirms” convictions about protecting the planet. (Northwest Indiana Times)

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