Offshore drilling could spur onshore pollution, report warns

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! OFFSHORE DRILLING: New oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts would spur energy development on land, raising the risk of pollution, an environmental group’s report warns. (Miami Herald)

OVERSIGHT: Texas has cut funding to its environmental enforcement agency by more than a third over the last decade despite a booming oil and gas industry and petrochemical fires. (Houston Chronicle) 

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Alabama regulators approve plans for massive wood pellet plant

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! BIOMASS: Alabama environmental regulators approve plans for Enviva to build a $175 million wood pellet plant that could eventually produce more than 1 million tons per year for use in power plants in Europe and Asia. (AL.com)

PIPELINES:
• A reporter travels the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has united a diverse community of activists determined to halt its progress. (Grist, bioGraphic)
• A Texas construction company is no longer working on the Mountain Valley Pipeline after developers cancel its contract.

Oklahoma has an oil waste problem — and it could get worse

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! UTILITIES: Entergy, Louisiana’s largest power provider, expands its services to include company-owned solar on homes and backup generators at businesses, but critics say the utility is protecting its monopoly. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: The University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary announce plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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Texas expected to double its solar energy output next year

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• Turning ancient forests into wood pellets is putting Estonia’s tourism and climate commitments at risk — a cautionary tale for North Carolina, industry critics say. (Energy News Network)
• Wood pellets cause more climate pollution than coal when they’re burned, so why does Europe call them “carbon neutral”? (Energy News Network)

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