Controversial Ohio-to-Texas pipeline scrapped amid criticism

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan cancels a controversial plan to push natural gas liquids from Ohio to Texas through a repurposed pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• A Virginia couple whose property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hosts an interfaith ceremony on the site today. (Energy News Network)
• Two congressmen ask the Navy to look into the safety of a natural gas pipeline set to run under a Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard. (Virginian-Pilot)

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COAL:
• “They told us we would be fired if we wore a mask.” A sickened worker shares his story from the 2008 TVA coal ash spill.

South Carolina will open bids for state-owned utility

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers hire a consulting firm to study and field offers to buy state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (News & Observer)

ALSO: A federal appeals court rules the Energy Department can stop construction of a nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina. (Construction Dive)

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RENEWABLES: Dominion Energy requests input from commercial, industrial and government customers in Virginia about its renewable energy plan. (Power Engineering)

SOLAR:
• Kentucky Power says it wants to add up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest.

FERC gives green light for some Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction

PIPELINE: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Dominion Energy to start cutting trees on the site of a planned natural gas compressor station in Buckingham County, Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Virginia county supervisors who opposed the Mountain Valley Pipeline now face decisions that could bring gas and jobs to their communities. (Energy News Network)
• President Trump says he wants to expedite a Texas pipeline project, but government officials say they don’t know which one he’s talking about. (S&P Global)
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline protesters continue to fight pipeline development through their L’eau Est La Vie Camp. (Teen Vogue)
• Energy Transfer Partners says one of its pipelines will resume operations after a spill in Texas.

Many S.C. ratepayers unaware of failed nuclear project costs

COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental activists say state regulators are failing to ensure safe water or hold Duke Energy accountable following coal ash spills during Hurricane Florence. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• At a public meeting, SCE&G customers criticize South Carolina regulators over the handling of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Still, many South Carolina ratepayers are still unfamiliar with the failed nuclear project, which could cost them billions. (Charlotte Observer)
• The Vogtle nuclear project is at the center of Georgia’s Public Service Commission race. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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N.C. residents near Duke Energy coal ash sites get new water supplies

COAL ASH: Communities near 14 Duke Energy coal plants in North Carolina have new, permanent water supplies, three years after state tests raised concerns over coal ash in groundwater. (WFAE)

HURRICANE MICHAEL:
• About 1.2 million electricity customers lost power during the storm, but coal ash ponds in Florida remained intact. (Utility Dive)
• It could take months to restore power to areas hardest hit by the storm, utility companies say. (E&E News, subscription)
• Two 80-foot sections of steel pipe from the Mountain Valley Pipeline float to an opposing Virginia landowner’s property during flooding. (Roanoke Times)
• U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production returns to near normal levels.