Midwest Energy News

Two oil pipelines closed after leak near St. Louis

PIPELINES: Two pipelines, including Keystone, were shut off in Missouri after a leak spilled at least 43 barrels near St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• A Minnesota Republican hopes Gov. Tim Walz decides quickly on whether to drop a challenge to an Enbridge Line 3 pipeline permit. (Associated Press)
• An environmental group raises questions about Enbridge’s insurance coverage for Line 5 in the event of a spill. (Michigan Radio)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Missouri utilities hope state regulators’ approval of $4.4 million for EV charging opens the door to additional spending. (Energy News Network)
• Chicago is among the cities that will see an influx of EV charging stations as a result of Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” settlement. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: Clean energy groups oppose legislation in Nebraska to merge the state’s Energy Office and Department of Environmental Quality. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• Michigan’s attorney general withdraws from a coalition siding with Exxon Mobil in a case involving its disclosure of climate risks. (Michigan Advance)
• Governors in Michigan and Illinois are among state leaders taking climate action even if the odds are slim of a Green New Deal passing in the next two years. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Increased development interest in Michigan leads to questions from farmers and landowners about leasing property for solar projects. (Michigan Farm News)
• A community solar project in Nebraska is performing as expected and maintaining interest from customers. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)

WIND: Hearings are rescheduled for April and May on a proposed wind project in northern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS: University of Michigan student activists criticize the administration’s carbon neutrality plan while looking to build a new natural gas plant. (Michigan Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• Michigan regulators say events over the past year, including the polar vortex, have heightened their concerns about the state’s gas utilities. (MLive)
• Ohio-based Marathon reports a 19 percent drop in earnings for 2018, but executives are optimistic about the company’s future. (Toledo Blade)

COAL: Missouri officials release the state’s first plan to manage coal ash waste. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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OBITUARY: Michigan Democrat John Dingell Jr., the longtime chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, dies at the age of 92. (Detroit News)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy columnist says South Dakota is shaping up to be a battleground state over wind and solar. (Cleantechnica)
• A clean energy advocate says wind projects are beautiful for preserving farmers’ income and providing local tax revenue. (Mount Pleasant Morning Sun)

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