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Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline likely to face years of legal disputes

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PIPELINES: A lame-duck push in Michigan looks to secure a deal to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, though years of legal disputes are likely. (Energy News Network)

• The architect of a legal argument to force government action on climate change says public trust laws are likely violated with a plan to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline. (Energy News Network)
• Advocates say an attempt by Ohio lawmakers to amend a bill aimed at limiting pipeline protests may be unconstitutional. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota regulators deny requests to reconsider its decision to approve construction on the Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Questions remain a year after a major oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• The former chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will speak at the University of Northern Iowa about the tribe’s struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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• A developer’s recent misstep highlights the intense competition to participate in Illinois’ community solar program. (Energy News Network)
• An Illinois school district looks to add solar panels at four of its schools through a state program. (Belleville News-Democrat)

RENEWABLES: Grid operator MISO “will need to take significant steps” to handle a 40 percent renewable penetration. (RTO Insider)

• A Nebraska county lifts a moratorium and finalizes regulations on wind turbines. (Norfolk Daily News)
• A public hearing is rescheduled for a North Dakota wind project that initially drew hundreds of people with testimony. (Bismarck Tribune)

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COAL: In a long awaited decision, officials in a western Michigan city vote to close a coal plant in June 2020. (Grand Haven Tribune)

• An environmental group says there is no rush for Gov. Rick Snyder to secure a deal on the future of the Line 5 pipeline. (Grand Haven Tribune)
• An Ohio editorial board says the state’s nuclear plants are needed to limit the impacts of climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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