Southeast Energy News

An eminent domain battle brews in Texas

RENEWABLES: Wind and solar on the PJM regional grid lags other parts of the country because of the gas boom in Appalachia. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Two Florida lawmakers push for the state to transition to renewables by 2050. (Orlando Weekly)
• Atlanta officials approve a plan to run all city facilities on clean energy by 2035. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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OIL & GAS:
• Texas landowners urge lawmakers to pass a bill adding protections when companies try to take property through eminent domain, and a GOP senator clashes with the oil industry over the issue. (Austin American-Statesman, Texas Tribune)
• With the oil boom in the Permian Basin has come an uptick in deadly crashes on Texas highways, and officials are exploring solutions. (Marketplace)
• Investors place increasing demands on oil and gas companies in the Permian Basin so they can cover their obligations. (San Angelo Standard Times)

PIPELINES:
• New pipeline capacity greatly exceeds the volume of flared gas in Texas, a natural gas group says. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• Small pipelines are not under any regulation, so companies can’t be held responsible when explosions happen. (E&E News)
• A federal judge rules that Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers cannot seize a North Carolina landowner’s property by eminent domain until at least May 31. (Progressive Pulse)
• For the last year, tree-sitters have been blockading the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (City Lab)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Republican-led Southern coastal states are leading the fight against offshore drilling. (ThinkProgress)
• Florida congressional leaders call on the new acting Interior Secretary to exempt the state from President Trump’s offshore drilling plan. (WMFE)

SOLAR: Solar could surpass wind as the leading renewable energy in Texas. (Recharge, subscription)

BIOMASS: A lawsuit in Europe could reduce demand for trees in North Carolina and Virginia burned for biomass. (WVTF)

NUCLEAR: Federal officials monitor South Carolina utility SCANA and the legal fallout from the VC Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COAL:
• West Virginia regulators say coal dust from an old mining site could be the reason a stream in Helen is flowing black. (Beckley Register-Herald)  
• The U.S. Department of Labor awards $1.75 million to a program to help former coal miners who lost their jobs. (WYMT)

COAL ASH:
• TVA coal ash landfills across Tennessee are possibly contaminating groundwater, an environmental group’s report says. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• North Carolina State University researchers use bacteria to produce “biocement” in coal ash ponds, making the coal ash easier to store and lowering the risk of spills. (Science Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolina should let solar and other clean energy technologies take the place of nuclear, a chamber of commerce leader says. (The Dispatch)
• The pushback against Duke Energy’s Florida solar farm is the latest in a series of “not in my backyard” controversies, a columnist writes. (Tampa Bay Times)

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