Southeast Energy News

An end in sight for the longest oil spill in U.S. history

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Oil that’s been leaking from a Gulf of Mexico drilling site for 14 years is finally being contained, and a chronic oil sheen is now “barely visible,” according to Coast Guard officials. (Associated Press)

• Federal regulators are still processing nine permits for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean despite announcing plans to delay an expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling. (The State)
• Groups in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia will protest offshore drilling along beaches tomorrow. (WJCT, Savannah Morning News, Virginian-Pilot)

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• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other officials announce support for a 170 MW wind farm in two counties. (WV Metro News)
• A wind energy company hosts an open house in Rio Hondo, Texas, to answer questions about nearby projects. (Brownsville Herald)

• Developers complete a small solar array at a Virginia community college. (Solar Power World)
• All public buildings in Camden, Arkansas, will be powered by solar energy. (KARK)

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s CEO says the utility needs to improve its relationship with Memphis, which is considering a new power source. (WMC)

PIPELINES: The busiest U.S. gasoline pipeline, which runs from Texas to North Carolina, is running below capacity because Gulf of Mexico refineries make more money exporting. (Bloomberg)

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• A bill that would let Louisiana’s oil and gas industry keep some environmental violations secret and be immune to penalties from them dies in the state House. (The Advocate)
• An Austin startup uses artificial intelligence to help oil and gas companies operate more efficiently. (Built in Austin)
• Texas oil and gas industry regulators and industry executives will meet this weekend for an annual seminar on environmental regulations. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• The Texas energy market is likely to see smaller deals between energy companies, not huge ones. (Dallas Business Journal, subscription)

Houston must embrace clean energy and help oil and gas companies do the same, a former energy executive says. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A young activist writes that it’s high time for Houston to take action on climate change and renewable energy. (Grist)
• Texas is far from expanding the offshore wind industry because of the oil and gas boom, a columnist says. (Texas Standard)
• A North Carolina bill that would change Duke Energy’s rate structure will only benefit the monopoly utility, a former Virginia attorney general writes. (Star News Online)

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