• Big oil companies may be taking a major financial risk by ignoring shareholder resolutions on climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says if he’s elected president, “we’re going to address climate change.” (Politico)

FRACKING: The EPA clarifies that, despite some media reports, its recent report on water pollution from fracking does not conclude that the practice is safe. (Charleston Gazette)

• Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a visit to West Virginia that Obama administration officials aren’t “turning our backs on coal.” (Associated Press)
• West Virginia officials order a mine near a state forest to stop operations because of multiple violations. (Charleston Gazette)
• A West Virginia mine that was part of a major Murray Energy layoff announcement will resume operations. (Dominion Post)
• Coal miners rally against the Clean Power Plan. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
• A Mississippi utility’s credit rating is cut over a struggling coal plant project. (Associated Press)
• An Alabama coal company may file for bankruptcy. (Tuscaloosa News/Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators issue permits for Duke Energy to dump coal ash into open-pit clay mines. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A jury acquits a BP executive of making false statements following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (NPR)

GREEN ECONOMY: Despite political pushback from coal supporters, a renewable energy laboratory at the University of Louisville spins off two new companies. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

WIND: What Virginia could learn from Denmark about offshore wind. (WVTF)

• A Roanoke program nearly doubles the city’s installed solar capacity. (Roanoke Times)
• A Georgia retirement community ends its ban on solar panels. (Savannah Morning News)

COMMENTARY: ALEC is losing its battle against clean energy. (Climate Progress)

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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