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Study: Oil and gas boom not to blame for methane spike

OIL AND GAS: A new study says agriculture, not the oil and gas boom, is responsible for spiking methane levels. (ClimateWire)

ALSO:
• The number of drilling rigs in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level since the 1940s. (Reuters)
• Drilling activity plummets in Colorado. (Denver Post)
• Federal regulators reject a proposed natural gas export terminal in Oregon. (Oregonian)
• Colorado lawmakers advance a bill that would let homeowners sue for earthquake damage related to oil and gas activity. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Researchers try to track down more than 200,000 abandoned wells in Pennsylvania dating to the 1860s. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
• An Ohio court rejects legal arguments for community “bill of rights” laws used to restrict drilling. (Athens News)

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CLIMATE: Scientists say they can now confidently assess the role of climate change in extreme weather events. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Why Maine will be a key solar battleground state. (Bloomberg)
• Nevada’s net metering changes are “devastating” the state’s solar industry. (NPR)
• Upcoming decisions in Arizona could have a major impact on solar growth. (Arizona Daily Sun)

GRID: Duke Energy begins testing a battery storage system in North Carolina. (Solar Novus)

COAL:
• While Utah lawmakers are allocating public funds for a West Coast coal export terminal, officials in the Bay Area are still studying the impacts. (Contra Costa Times)
• Researchers say Illinois coal mines could provide a cleaner energy source by accelerating natural methane production. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL ASH: An environmental coalition says the TVA’s plan to keep coal ash in place in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee poses a threat to groundwater(Associated Press)

POLLUTION:
• The EPA says 11 states have failed to submit plans for sulfur dioxide reductions. (The Hill)
• Citing the Flint water crisis, advocates in Michigan push the state’s attorney general to drop a legal action opposing EPA mercury rules. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS: United Airlines will run a Los Angeles-San Francisco flight on a 30 percent biofuel blend. (Los Angeles Times)

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TRANSPORTATION: Seven cities are finalists for a $50 million “smart streets” grant. (Oregonian)

COMMENTARY:
• How to expand solar power to low-income households. (CityLab)
• What the U.S. can learn from Denmark’s energy policies. (Vox)

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