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Appalachians provide model for other communities fighting pipelines

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators won’t hold a public hearing on the website glitch that caused Duke Energy to mistakenly deny solar rebates to hundreds of customers in January. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A coalition of neighbors in West Virginia and Virginia protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline and hope to offer other communities a model for stopping environmental hazards. (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

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OIL & GAS:
• A port expansion in the petrochemical town of Freeport, Texas, is displacing an African American neighborhood, with only a few property owners still holding out until officials use eminent domain to take their land. (Texas Monthly)
• The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association says the deal with foreign oil producers to reduce production does not do enough to help Louisiana producers. (Daily Advertiser)

GRID:
• After major storms and tornadoes tear through the South and East, utilities struggle to restore power while staying safe during the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)
• Four major Florida utilities file plans with state regulators for billions of dollars in projects over the next decade to strengthen electric systems against hurricanes. (CBS Miami)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy warns that it may have to curtail purchases from independent solar producers already under contract. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Boaters in the Florida Keys stay isolated during the coronavirus pandemic with solar-powered boats that work off the grid. (Sun Punta Gorda)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• An ocean conservation group’s recommendations to prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster include ceasing expansion of offshore drilling and increasing safety enforcement. (Saporta Report)
• Offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are releasing twice as much methane as previously thought, according to a new study. (news release)

CLIMATE: Ten years after surviving the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha Tribe in Louisiana reflects on the trauma members have endured and the threat of rising sea levels. (OnEarth)

COAL: The Department of Labor allocates over $2.4 million to help out-of-work coal miners in West Virginia, according to Sen. Joe Manchin. (Local DVM)

RENEWABLES: Some Texas wind and solar projects are still moving forward during the pandemic as the oil and gas industry struggles. (Texas Standard)

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