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Trump proposes federal charges for pipeline vandalism

PIPELINES: The Trump administration proposes to make pipeline vandalism a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years’ prison time. (Politico)

A Minnesota appeals court rejects an environmental review for the Line 3 replacement pipeline, saying it didn’t adequately address a potential spill in the Lake Superior watershed. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• FERC receives several applications for pipelines to connect to natural gas plants that replaced coal-fired plants. (S&P Global)

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An environmental group files a lawsuit claiming southeastern New Mexico’s oil and gas boom threatens Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (Associated Press)
• Federal land managers in New Mexico continue issuing drilling permits despite a judge’s recent decision that they failed to consider the cumulative water use of wells in the region. (High Country News)

TRANSMISSION: Burying the Clean Energy Connect transmission line in Maine is impractical and too expensive, the project’s developer says. (Energy News Network)

• The U.S. broke records for deployment of energy storage in the first quarter, with grid-level projects accounting for a majority of megawatts. (E&E News)
Duke Energy announces three battery storage projects in Florida to store 22 MW of power, part of a larger goal to install 50 MW of storage. (Tampa Bay Times)

• New Hampshire’s governor vetoes a solar energy bill that would have raised the state’s net metering cap from 1 MW to 5 MW, saying it would raise costs for all ratepayers. (Concord Monitor)
• Michigan’s governor announces a policy to allow commercial solar projects on farmland preservation property if they incorporate pollinator-friendly habitat. (Bridge Magazine)

Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee says Iowa is a model for creating renewable energy jobs. (Des Moines Register)
• Cypress Creek Renewables announces it will replace its CEO and several other executives as it looks to recover from recent difficulties. (Greentech Media)

Wyoming’s governor says he’s asked the attorney general to investigate a legal strategy to sue Washington state over its efforts to block a proposed coal terminal. (WyoFile)
A central Ohio town braces for the economic impact of a coal plant closing next year. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• House Democrats in a new report push the Trump administration to abandon its rollback of Obama-era clean car standards. (E&E News)
A major ride sharing company offers free electric vehicle charging for its drivers in Portland starting in July. (Mashable)

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BIOFUELS: Advocates say a new rule allowing year-round sales of higher blend ethanol could double sales this year. (E&E News, subscription)

• There’s no public need for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a proposed natural gas plant in eastern North Carolina, an environmental activist writes. (Fayetteville Observer)
• A Minnesota columnist says the latest International Energy Agency report is a sobering account on the lack of clean energy investment globally. (MinnPost)

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