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OIL: Federal regulators issue a warning on the safety of Bakken crude after an oil train explosion in North Dakota, and Michigan officials say it could be years before the full impact of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill is known. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Icy weather will likely disrupt oil production nationwide. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: The culture war over light bulb efficiency standards draws to a quiet close. (Politico)

OHIO: Without stating a specific reason, Ohio’s EPA director abruptly resigned yesterday. (Columbus Dispatch)

PERSONNEL: Attorney Dan Lipshultz is appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and the South Dakota Wind Energy Association names Paul Bachman its new executive director. (MinnPost, Associated Press)

CLEANTECH: A new co-working hub in Chicago aims to help attract more venture capital to clean energy technology startups. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOENERGY: A $100 million project in Missouri will convert hog waste into energy. (Associated Press)

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