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Southeast Michigan residents have ‘serious concerns’ with proposed gas pipeline

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates say Ohio officials should increase their focus and funding on transit as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Southeast Michigan residents have “serious concerns” about plans for a new natural gas pipeline that could be approved early next year. (WXYZ-TV, MLive)
• A pipeline company executive tells a crowd in Ohio that renewable energy is having an impact on how pipeline projects are developed. (Columbus Business First)

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FRAC SAND: County planning officials advance a proposal for a frac sand mine in Iowa without adding restrictions on air quality, noise and other impacts. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL:
• A Michigan economist says Donald Trump’s speech in Detroit this week that highlighted coal energy was about an “America that no longer exists.” (Michigan Radio)
• Peabody Energy takes a step toward emerging from bankruptcy. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• U.S. coal officials are optimistic that the industry has hit bottom and will start to recover in mid-2017. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

SOLAR: The top two U.S. solar panel manufacturers say they are turning their attention away from large, utility-scale projects and toward rooftop systems. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley comes out strongly against Hillary Clinton’s reported interest in transitioning from the Renewable Fuel Standard to a low-carbon fuel standard. (Biofuels Digest)

UTILITIES: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reaches a settlement with an alternative energy supplier over its misleading claims about providing clean energy. (Energy Manager Today)

OIL AND GAS:
• A nearly 17,000-gallon saltwater spill has been contained at a drilling site in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Even with increased demand for natural gas, the industry is expected to start the upcoming winter with record amounts of gas in storage. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
• Amid the oil slowdown, North Dakota has an opportunity to restructure the oversight and application process there so it’s not like the “Wild West” again. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A recent study published on retraining coal workers in clean energy jobs is a “reminder that access to affordable education … is an environmental issue.” (Grist)

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