U.S. Energy News

Report: Coal mines account for tenth of U.S. methane pollution

COAL: Unregulated and largely unnoticed, about 300 active and 200 abandoned coal mines are the source of nearly one-tenth of U.S. methane pollution, an investigation shows. (Climate Home News)

ALSO: Using coal to make high-tech products could support an additional 2,600 jobs in Wyoming, according to a new study. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry applauds North Dakota for developing coal, oil and gas resources along with renewables as part of an “all of the above” energy strategy. (Bismarck Tribune)
Saltwater spills related to oil production are damaging North Dakota farmland. (NBC News)
Texas oil industry executives say Mexico’s plan to stop fuel imports won’t happen immediately. (Texas Tribune)

PIPELINES:
Federal regulators clear the Southeast Markets Pipeline Project the same day they reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Utility Dive)
Environmental groups sue FERC for approving a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, saying regulators violated the law. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Top federal officials will testify in Michigan next week on preparedness for responding to an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

TRANSPORTATION: California mulls its options in case it loses its fight against the Trump administration over vehicle emissions rules. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina residents who live near a nuclear facility that leaked uranium lambast company executives at a meeting. (News & Observer)

UTILITIES: Midwest utilities are transitioning from coal to renewables, but some advocates say the efforts are underwhelming. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A proposed 490-acre solar farm in Maine could be the largest in New England, but some worry how it would affect the community. (Central Maine)

WIND: An offshore wind project in Lake Erie could prove whether turbines can withstand ice buildup. (Scientific American)

EFFICIENCY: Alaska looks to Connecticut, where a state-sponsored “green” bank has loaned millions of dollars for energy efficiency projects. (KTOO)

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RESILIENCE: President Trump signs a military funding bill that includes a mandate to address “energy and climate resilience.” (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: A source for an anti-wind story airing tonight on Fox News has ties to special interest groups funded by the fossil fuel industry. (Energy & Policy Institute)

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