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Nebraska court agrees to expedite Keystone XL case

PIPELINES: The Nebraska Supreme Court agrees to hear expedited arguments in the legal effort to block the Keystone XL pipeline. (Omaha World-Herald)

ALSO: A citizen group works to hold Mountain Valley Pipeline builders accountable for environmental damage during construction. (Energy News Network)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A lack of penalties for three Oklahoma oil and gas companies for Clean Air Act violations raises questions of special treatment under former U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, environmental groups say. (ThinkProgress)
A Colorado town that sits on the country’s second-largest shale gas reserve is divided over plans to open areas to drilling. (Colorado Public Radio)
The Trump administration is expediting the approval process for smaller natural gas export projects. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler plans to continue overhauling U.S. biofuel policy and wants a “50-state solution” for vehicle emission standards. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• The Honolulu airport installs more than 4,000 solar panels to help meet the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable power by 2045. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
• A California county teams up with a major solar installer to fight a utility’s decision to end its net metering program. (Utility Dive)
• Solar is about to hit a net metering cap in South Carolina, putting as many as 3,000 solar jobs at risk. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: The city of Los Angeles wants to use Hoover Dam as a pumped hydro facility to store excess solar and wind energy. (The New York Times)

WIND: Atlantic Coast states are competing to become an East Coast hub for offshore wind power. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

GRID: ISO New England says it’s defending the region’s power grid against cyber security threats from countries like Russia. (MassLive)

NUCLEAR: Radioactive uranium leaks through the floor of a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant, raising concerns about groundwater contamination. (The State)

COAL:
• A controversial coal plant in Montana has been shut down for almost a month due to air pollution problems, a leaked email reveals. (Billings Gazette)
• Environmentalists worry the Trump administration’s rollback of coal ash rules will hinder already slow efforts to store it properly. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Trump administration will no longer require energy and other industries to pay for damages caused on public lands. (Reuters)

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POLITICS: A Florida Congressman bets his seat on a sweeping plan to replace the federal gas tax with a levy on carbon emissions. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s plan to revoke California’s vehicle emissions standards makes a mockery of the conservative principles, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• Addressing energy efficiency in food processing is essential for solving the global climate challenge, two clean tech advocates write. (GreenBiz)
• An editorial board says teachers and parents should be wary of school curriculums influenced by the oil and gas industry. (Houston Chronicle)

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