U.S. Energy News

Midwest flooding exposes Keystone XL risks

PIPELINES: Flood-prone areas of the Midwest increase the risk of leaks and spills from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, critics say. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• The nation’s busiest gasoline pipeline, which runs from Texas to North Carolina, is running below capacity because Gulf of Mexico refineries make more money exporting fuel to Latin America. (Bloomberg)
A utility serving Long Island has stopped processing applications for natural gas service after New York regulators rejected an undersea pipeline. (Newsday)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Oil that’s been leaking from a Gulf of Mexico drilling site for 14 years is finally being contained, and a chronic oil sheen is now “barely visible,” according to Coast Guard officials. (Associated Press)
• Federal regulators are still processing nine permits for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean despite announcing plans to delay an expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling. (The State)

COAL:
The bankruptcy of a Wyoming coal company is revealing the industry’s ties to leading groups that have sowed doubt over climate change. (The Intercept)
Federal energy officials say they are actively working to prevent a struggling Montana coal plant from closing. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: An Ohio town worries about its future as the federal government builds a nuclear waste dump in their backyard. (Earther)

EMISSIONS:
California’s top air quality regulator won’t rule out banning fossil-fuel cars and other “extreme” measures to offset increased pollution created by the Trump administration’s plan to relax vehicle emission standards. (Bloomberg)
• Minneapolis moves to ban new drive-through services in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CARBON: The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee discusses a carbon pricing plan supported by some Republicans. (InsideClimate News)

WIND:
• Solar power — not fossil fuels — now represent the largest threat to the U.S. wind industry, according to an industry analyst’s forecast. (Greentech Media)
An agreement between Ohio regulatory staff and an offshore wind developer over bird and bat monitoring could allow a 20.7 MW demonstration project in Lake Erie to move forward. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Maryland Senate Democrats launch an online petition drive to pressure Gov. Larry Hogan to sign legislation increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030. (Maryland Matters)

ADVOCACY: Critics fear an Illinois bill to significantly increase penalties for trespassing on the property of “critical infrastructure” could chill protests over fossil fuels and climate change. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• Teachers are offered misleading classroom materials on climate change, many of them funded by fossil fuel interests. (Associated Press)
A solar-powered microgrid installed by a small California tribe could be a model for communities to prepare for disasters fueled by climate change. (Wired)

BUILDINGS: A Rhode Island project that offers net-zero, all-electric homes is a rarity as builders are still reluctant to let go of natural gas. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Maine firefighters have expressed concerns to state officials that half of the proposed route of the power line from Canada to import hydropower has no organized fire protection services. (WGME)

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POLITICS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rolls out his plan to spend $9 trillion to transition the U.S. away from fossil fuels while creating green jobs and reinvigorating unions. (Seattle Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A former federal regulator says he once accepted nuclear’s risks but now thinks the current and potential costs are too high to justify. (Washington Post)
• A young activist writes that it’s high time for Houston to take action on climate change and renewable energy. (Grist)

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