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Midwest authorities prepare for more pipeline demonstrations

PIPELINES: Minnesota authorities prepare for potential pipeline protests along the Line 3 project, seeking guidance from counterparts in North Dakota involved in Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO: A $1.1 billion Texas shale pipeline is denied an exclusion to the Trump administration’s steel tariff in the first major ruling on an energy project since the tariffs went into effect. (Reuters)

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OIL & GAS:
Neighboring counties in Pennsylvania and New York illustrate the economic impact that fracking can have on farming communities. (E&E News)
Microbes found inside hydraulically fractured oil and gas fissures could help medical researchers understand plaque and heart disease. (The Daily Beast)
House lawmakers from coastal states try to amend an appropriations bill to block funding for new offshore oil and gas drilling. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
New solar policies are emerging in the Northeast as the region seeks to revamp or eliminate net metering programs. (Energy News Network)
• South Carolina solar companies seek a compromise with lawmakers and utilities over net metering caps when the legislature returns. (Greentech Media)
• Solar energy powers a stretch of road in rural Georgia that could be the world’s first sustainable highway. (U.S. News & World Report)
• Distributed solar saved California more than $650 million from 2013 to 2015, according to a new research. (PV Magazine)

WIND:
A wind energy company will launch a research buoy off the coast of New Jersey to see if the area is suitable for wind turbines. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Some residents in a southern Michigan county are stepping up their opposition to planned wind energy development. (WTVB)

COAL:
• Navajo tribal leaders start negotiating with a New York investment firm for the purchase of an Arizona coal plant on their land. (Associated Press)
• A judge voids an Indiana city’s ban on coal mining within three miles of city limits but upholds a ban on blasting near city utilities. (Evansville Courier & Press)

BIOMASS: Six biomass plants are at risk of closing after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a bill that would have supported the industry. (WMUR)

EFFICIENCY: More utilities are working with marijuana growers to reduce energy use in Western states where pot is legal. (Marijuana Business Daily)

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POLICY: Arizona regulators open the nation’s first docket on transactive energy, raising the prospect of real-time electricity trading. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS:
• House Republicans who support climate action could face a test voting on a resolution that calls a carbon tax “detrimental” to the economy. (E&E News)
Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates discussed energy efficiency and electricity costs during a forum on climate change in Hartford, but Republican candidates skipped the event. (Hartford Courant, CT Mirror)

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