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)

ALSO:
• 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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WIND:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• 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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OIL & GAS:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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