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Amid ethics questions, N.C. governor won’t block bill diverting pipeline fund

PIPELINES: North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t block a bill that would divert money from a fund created for projects along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route. (News & Observer)

MORE:
• A right-leaning group files an ethics complaint against the North Carolina governor that questions his role in the $57.8 million fund, while Cooper accuses the Republican-controlled legislature of manufacturing a dispute. (WRAL)
• A Kentucky environmental group wants Kinder Morgan to abandon plans to repurpose a natural gas pipeline to transport liquid gas. (Richmond Register)

NUCLEAR:
• The South Carolina Senate alters a plan in order to gives state officials more time to address the Summer nuclear plant debacle, which could delay Dominion Energy’s proposed takeover of the state’s SCANA utility company. (Post and Courier)
• Dominion Energy’s CEO tells South Carolina lawmakers the company doesn’t know how much it would profit from South Carolina customers, but “we believe it will add to our earnings.” (The State)
• Duke Energy’s six nuclear plants in the Carolinas generated slightly more than half of the electricity used by its customers in 2017. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NET METERING: A Kentucky lawmaker uses an analogy of a tomato farmer selling his product to explain net metering in the state, saying “it’s really cheating the little guy.” (Courier-Journal)

COAL:
• A new report shows coal jobs in Kentucky increased 0.7 percent by the end of 2017 from the year prior, with the eastern part of the state gaining the most jobs. (Herald Leader)
• A second trial after a mistrial is scheduled for a West Virginia coal boss accused of conducting an illegal campaign finance scheme. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Louisiana Waterthrush birds’ nesting is being harmed by shale gas development in northwestern West Virginia. (phys.org)

UTILITIES:
• Florida’s Gulf Power asks state regulators for approval to pass more than $100 million in tax savings to its 460,000 customers. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Several groups call on Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson to resign after it came to light that taxpayer money paid for two $10 million jets and a $7 million luxury helicopter. (E&E News, registration)

CLIMATE: Former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis now works to fight climate change, which he says can be accomplished with conservative principles. (WAMC)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s former secretary of technology says the state’s utility legislation will help grow its economy. (Roanoke Times)
• Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would hurt the state’s oil and gas industry by eliminating jobs, lowering revenue and reducing royalty payments to mineral owners. (Florida Politics)
• A recent poll in North Carolina shows 53 percent of respondents oppose offshore drilling expansion in the state, bolstering the case for exemption. (News & Record)
• The federal government should hold public hearings in Virginia’s coastal cities — rather than inland — on the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission is considering a proposal to ban forever drilling in state waters. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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