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After court defeat, West Virginia changing the rules on pipelines

PIPELINES: West Virginia environmental regulators are rewriting rules to allow construction to continue after a federal appeals court revoked a Mountain Valley Pipeline permit. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

ALSO:
Michigan officials announce a deal with Enbridge to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, which could take seven to 10 years to build and cost up to $500 million. (Bridge Magazine)
• A North Carolina town becomes the state’s second community to pass a resolution opposing a Mountain Valley Pipeline extension. (Energy News Network)

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COAL ASH: Environmental groups say a second Duke Energy coal ash site leaked arsenic in North Carolina rivers after they flooded during Hurricane Florence. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS: An oil refinery explosion in Wisconsin this year could have been prevented if the plant’s equipment had been properly maintained, a federal investigation finds. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Gullah/Geechee community in South Carolina raises concerns that its culture and survival could be threatened if the Trump administration allows offshore drilling in the Mid-Atlantic. (E&E News)

WIND:
Both of Massachusetts’ gubernatorial candidates agree to sign a pledge to bring more offshore wind power to the state, if it makes economic sense. (State House News Service)
Opponents vow to fight a 47-turbine wind project near Lake Ontario in northwest New York. (The Buffalo News)

RENEWABLES: Invenergy plans a unique renewable energy project in Ohio that combines a 175 MW wind farm with a 150 MW solar installation. (InsideClimate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
California teams up with utilities, automakers, and environmental groups on a campaign to speed up adoption of electric vehicles. (Axios)
Vermont regulators hold a workshop on how to spur electric vehicle adoption, with a focus on accessibility for low-income residents. (VT Digger)

TRANSPORTATION: Minneapolis-St. Paul’s metro area public transit system withdraws a plan to buy 131 diesel and hybrid buses following public feedback pressuring it to focus on electrifying its fleet. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Ratepayer advocates criticize Ameren Missouri’s six-year, $551 million energy efficiency proposal, saying it doesn’t provide enough benefits to customers. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut officials seek “at risk” status for Dominion Energy’s Millstone nuclear plant, which would make it eligible for above-market rates in the state’s solicitation for zero emission resources. (Utility Dive)

CARBON: Portland, Oregon faces numerous obstacles as it tries to eliminate fossil fuels. (Reuters)

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POLITICS:
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $1 million to the campaign to establish a carbon fee in Washington. (Associated Press)
A dozen attorneys general challenge a lawsuit in Washington state that seeks to have large oil companies pay for climate change damages. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• While the nation’s attention has moved on from Hurricane Florence, coal ash spills in North Carolina demonstrate the damage caused by lax environmental regulations, an editorial board says. (USA Today)
New York needs to block all new fossil fuel expansion to truly be a climate leader, says a member of a social justice advocacy organization. (The Daily Orange)

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