Daily digest

Ohio town to vote on fracking for the sixth time

FRACKING:
• An anti-fracking measure will be on the ballot for the sixth time in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Science advisers to the EPA conclude the agency’s report on whether fracking pollutes drinking water across the nation is “comprehensive but lacking in several critical areas.” (Washington Post)

OVERSIGHT: Michigan’s new top environmental regulator says her past work as an oil and gas lobbyist won’t affect how the agency is run. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES:
• Ten activists protesting a North Dakota pipeline are arrested on trespassing charges. (Bismarck Tribune)
• How the Dakota Access pipeline will shake up oil delivery in the U.S. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
• Industry groups say the federal government has illegally called off leasing sales on public lands. (Associated Press)
• Increased use of natural gas for electricity production is not expected to impact heating prices this winter. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL: A Michigan coal plant is shut down after a fire in a generating unit, no injuries have been reported. (CBS Detroit)

TRANSMISSION: An Illinois court reverses a decision by state regulators granting a certificate of need for the Rock Island Clean Line. (Moline Dispatch Argus)

SOLAR: After an initial rejection by local officials an Iowa town’s library now has solar panels. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: A utility’s efficiency program is extended to its Kansas customers, but consumer advocates say it won’t justify the cost. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford gets a $6 million grant from the Department of Energy to research hydrogen fuel cells. (MLive)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota county moves toward tougher regulation of sand mining, but not an outright ban. (Winona Daily News)

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ADVOCACY: Sister Paula Gonzalez, an Ohio advocate known as the “solar nun,” dies at age 83. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

COMMENTARY:
• A University of Chicago researcher says subsidizing nuclear plants doesn’t solve long-term grid problems. (Forbes)
• How subsidies for cellulosic biofuels are a lifeline for the corn ethanol industry. (In These Times)
• “Business as usual” is holding back clean energy development in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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