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Michigan AG files suit to shut down Line 5 pipeline

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general files a lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, claiming it violates the public trust doctrine and environmental laws. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that Enbridge doesn’t need to carry additional insurance as it expands the capacity of a pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Peoples Gas plans to remove a gas main pipeline in Chicago that has been in place since 1859. (Associated Press)

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OHIO:
• A bill to limit certain constitutional challenges in Ohio was conceived in response to a court case over how the state adopted its wind turbine setback rules, emails show. (Energy News Network)
• Advocates say a proposal to scale back clean energy standards in Ohio would deter renewable energy investments. (Toledo Blade) 

UTILITIES: DTE Energy faces pushback over its long-term energy plan, which critics say isn’t as ambitious on renewable energy as a recently approved plan by Consumers Energy. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Westar Energy unnecessarily runs its Kansas coal plants year-round which costs customers $20 million a year in added fuel costs, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists analysis. (Associated Press)
• Xcel Energy’s plan to close a coal plant just east of the Twin Cities is part of the utility’s broader clean energy shift. (Baldwin Bulletin)

CLIMATE: Milwaukee officials announce a climate plan that also addresses economic inequality with green infrastructure jobs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: Ohio is among oil and gas-producing states that can force landowners to lease underground mineral rights to energy companies. (Allegheny Front)

SOLAR:
• State utility regulators visit a solar project at a convent in southern Minnesota. (KEYC)
• The Indianapolis Colts are the latest professional football team to use solar power at its practice facilities. (Inside Indiana Business)

WIND: A rural Ohio county sees roughly $2.5 million a year in tax revenue from wind development. (Spectrum News 1)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says a proposed bill to subsidize nuclear and coal plants while scaling back clean energy standards is “too consequential” to rush. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The Toledo Blade editorial board says Line 5 should remain open and avoid causing economic harm to Michigan and Ohio refineries.
• A local official in northern Michigan says the Line 5 pipeline provides jobs and tax revenue to communities, and the state should work quickly to support a tunnel beneath the Great Lakes. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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