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State Department: Keystone XL environmental impact would be ‘moderate’

PIPELINES: The Trump administration predicts some “moderate” environmental impacts from building and operating the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)

• A study suggests closing the Line 5 pipeline would not significantly impact the cost or availability of propane in the Upper Peninsula. (Petoskey News-Review)
• Michigan gubernatorial candidates state their plans for the Line 5 pipeline in a new documentary. (Detroit Metro Times)
• An organization aims to help Dakota Access pipeline protesters with criminal warrants resolve their cases. (Associated Press)

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• Decreasing wind and natural gas costs was a key factor in a decision to close Iowa’s only nuclear plant five years early in 2020. (Radio Iowa)
• The nuclear plant closure’s impact on carbon emissions will depend on whether the generation is replaced with renewables. (E&E News)

FRAC SAND: The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds a county’s ban on frac sand mining. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Some residents worry about traffic, water and air quality impacts from a large biofuel plant planned in southern Kansas. (KAKE)

OIL AND GAS: A pump leak causes 500 barrels of brine to spill at a well site in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: Murray Energy says it will weather the impact of decreased U.S. coal demand while also protecting investors. (S&P Global Intelligence)

• The Ohio EPA rules an offshore wind project in Lake Erie complies with the Clean Water Act and would not cause pollution. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Developers break ground on a 160 MW wind project in Nebraska. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR: Students at an Ohio school district learn about the benefits of solar-powered cooking. (Youngstown Vindicator)

STORAGE: Officials in South Sioux City, Nebraska, pursue a $1.6 million, 2 MW energy storage project. (KTIV)

GRID: Consumers Energy files suit against a tugboat company following an April 1 incident that severed underwater transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)

• After extensive vetting, an offshore wind project in Lake Erie could be a catalyst for additional projects in the Great Lakes, its developer says. (Sandusky Register)
• A state senator from Nebraska raises concerns over the impacts of transmission and wind development on whooping cranes. (Kearney Hub)

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