• 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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• 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)

• 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)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 15th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fair will be held Aug. 20-21at the Ogle County Fairgrounds in Oregon, Illinois. Events include speakers, exhibits, children’s activities, music, food, and***

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

• 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)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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