Midwest Energy News

Pipeline activists prepare long-term camp in northern Michigan

PIPELINES: Activists say they are prepared to camp in northern Michigan until Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is permanently shut down. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• Some northern Illinois residents are concerned Enbridge may pursue expansion plans along the Line 61 oil pipeline. (Rockford Register Star)
• The Nebraska Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week over a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Omaha World-Herald)

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WIND: An otherwise routine county election in Illinois has drawn outside interest from activists both opposed to, and in favor of, wind energy. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Indiana utility NIPSCO’s plan to transition to renewables in the next decade suggests the end of the coal industry “may be nearer than some expect.” (Indianapolis Star)
• A group funded by Ohio-based coal giant Murray Energy loses its latest legal bid to block construction of natural gas plants in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail/ProPublica)

BIOMASS: Smithfield Foods contributes $300,000 to plant native grasses and other species on Missouri farmland for biomass production. (E&E News, subscription)

REGULATION: While touting clean energy plans, utilities also quietly support the U.S. EPA’s efforts to roll back air pollution regulations. (Utility Dive)

ELECTION: Candidates in Minnesota differ on climate change positions and replacing fossil fuels with clean energy. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR: A central Illinois mayor installed solar panels at his home a few years ago to cut electricity costs. (Champaign News-Gazette)

BIOFUELS: Environmental groups say grasslands are being converted to grow corn and soybean crops for biofuels in violation of federal renewable fuel regulations. (Michigan Radio)

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OIL & GAS:
• A company seeks oil and gas leasing rights beneath a city park in southwestern Michigan. (MLive)
• A gas processing company signs a settlement agreement that includes spending $700,000 to cut volatile organic compound emissions at compressor stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A utility watchdog group analyzes campaign contributions by utility PACs and executives in nine states, including Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• A union official in Michigan says the idea that the state won’t gain economically by building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline is “silly.” (Bridge Magazine)

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