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Michigan AG calls for ‘specific and definite timetable’ to close Mackinac pipeline

PIPELINES: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette calls for a “specific and definite timetable” to close Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, following the release of a major report last week. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer continues fighting a complaint filed by state regulators that the company improperly reported the discovery of Native American artifacts in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is struggling to line up customers to ship crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast, putting the pipeline’s fate in jeopardy. (Fox Business)
• A private security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners to monitor pipeline protests — which apparently did so without a license — says it’s the subject of a “deliberate misinformation campaign.” (Forum News Service)
• Many Dakota Access pipeline activists are shifting their attention to the proposed replacement and expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3 through Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

RESEARCH: Emails show Iowa State University officials worked with utility lobbyists to draft a plan to uproot the state’s renewable energy research center and give it a more industry-friendly mission. (Associated Press)

CLEAN TECH: Clean energy pioneer Jigar Shah discusses why his new company is interested in re-opening a shuttered food waste-to-energy facility in west Michigan. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A new International Energy Agency report says governments should take a more integrated approach with — and increase investment in — clean energy technologies in order to meet climate goals. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Clean energy advocates say they will continue pushing Ohio lawmakers to ease wind turbine siting restrictions after failing to do so as part of a major budget bill. (Columbus Dispatch)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Major landfill owners are suing a Minnesota state agency over its push to burn more trash for energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: Ann Arbor, Michigan officials are partnering with Michigan Interfaith Power and Light to help places of worship install solar panels in order to meet the city’s solar goal of 2.4-megawatts per year. (MLive)

OIL BY RAIL:
• Officials say roughly 40,000 gallons of crude oil leaked after a train car derailed near Chicago. (WLS-TV)
• Top North Dakota lawmakers say it’s unlikely that an oil-by-rail safety pilot program will continue after two more years. (Associated Press)

GRID: Anticipating new development, AEP Ohio is planning a $12 million grid upgrade in Dublin, Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: The Ohio Supreme Court rules Duke Energy can keep $55.5 million it is charging customers to clean up two former manufactured-gas plants near Cincinnati. (Columbus Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota health officials want more information about a company’s air pollution-control claims related to a proposed oil refinery in the eastern part of the state. (Bismarck Tribune)
Amid an ongoing dispute over oil and gas royalty payments, North Dakota officials are attempting to collect millions of dollars they say the state is owed by companies. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Thai company interested in building a massive ethane cracker plant has purchased land in eastern Ohio that used to house a FirstEnergy power plant. (Columbus Business First)

REGULATION: The head of Ohio’s electric and natural gas regulatory commission will be allowed to stay on as a governor’s cabinet member. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: A North Dakota editorial board says it’s “unfortunate” that law enforcement officials were unaware that a private security firm had apparently overseen Dakota Access pipeline protests without being properly licensed. (Bismarck Tribune)

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