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Prosecutor says pipeline developer used cops to intimidate opponents 

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PIPELINES: A district attorney in eastern Pennsylvania charges the developer of the Mariner East pipeline of using state constables as a private security force that allegedly intimidated residents along the pipeline route. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: A pipeline developer caught in the gas supply dispute between New York and a utility has pulled its permit applications for the New Jersey part of the project. (Bloomberg)

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STORAGE: Planning officials in a New York town approve a 3 MW battery storage project that could begin construction next month. (Lohud.com)

CLIMATE: Exxon wants to move the Massachusetts lawsuit against it to federal court, saying it is not a consumer protection case. (E&E News, subscription required) 

UTILITIES: Avangrid pays $450,000 in fines for violations of reliability standards at three of its subsidiaries in Maine and New York that created a moderate risk to the bulk power system. (Platts)

GRID: Critics say the PJM capacity market design encourages a power plant building spree that remains unabated and promotes too much new generation. (Platts)

OFFSHORE WIND: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs an executive order to create four advisory boards as the state moves closer to a formal entry into the offshore wind business. (Union-Leader)

TRANSPORTATION: A long-time activist in Vermont who opposes larger renewable energy projects now takes aim at a multi-state proposal to limit transportation emissions. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
A 30 MW solar array in New Hampshire clears its first hurdle as it becomes the first such project to be considered by the state’s siting board. (NHPR)
New Hampshire legislators could vote as early as January to increase the net metering cap that has twice passed the body but has been vetoed. (Utility Dive)

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POWER PLANTS: A 1,000 MW natural gas power plant is online and serving several Delaware municipal cooperatives. (Daily Energy Insider) 

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker says retention bonuses that could top $7 million for the executives of a damaged and bankrupt Philadelphia oil refinery “should make you sick.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A New Jersey environmental advocate says the state avoided impacts from the Philadelphia refinery explosion but the state faces similar risks from facilities in its own state. (NJ.com)
• A climate activist says while government actions are important to stem the crisis, individual actions are needed and are just as important. (VT Digger)

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