News bites: Obama, states seek to speed Great Lakes wind farms

The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration has reached a deal with five states aimed at spurring construction of wind farms in the Great Lakes.

“Under the deal, which administration officials disclosed to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Friday, state and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for speeding regulatory review of proposed wind farms without sacrificing environmental and safety standards,” AP reports.

The New York Times looks at new research that suggests a common pesticide is a factor in the decline of vital honeybee populations.

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. natural gas prices have plunged to a fresh 10-year low.

Bloomberg examines Capitol Hill efforts to toughen sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Shell has won a court order that bars green activists from boarding or blocking ships that the oil giant plans to use for Arctic drilling this summer.