Southeast Energy News

Appeals court suspends Mountain Valley Pipeline water-crossing permit

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court suspends a water crossing permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, halting construction in southern West Virginia until further court proceedings are held. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, Roanoke Times)

ALSO: Atlantic Coast Pipeline workers temporarily stop tree cutting along the route because of bird nesting season. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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OIL & GAS:
• Conservation groups file a lawsuit alleging federal wildlife agencies failed to complete mandatory reporting on how oil drilling could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)
• A Dallas oil and gas businessman dubbed the “Frack Master” is accused of defrauding investors of about $80 million. (Associated Press)
• Texas regulators plan to unveil a new strategy to protect a threatened lizard whose habitat has been disturbed by frac sand mining. (Texas Tribune)

COAL: A lawsuit alleges two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Solar advocates in South Carolina appeal a decision by regulators to cut the amount SCE&G pays large-scale solar farms for power. (The State)

UTILITIES:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority works to update a long-term energy plan amid flat demand and a continued shift from baseload generation. (E&E News, subscription)
• Opponents of Entergy’s proposed New Orleans power plant continue to pressure city leaders after reports the company used paid actors and others to keep them out of regulatory hearings. (The Times-Picayune)

TRANSMISSION:
• A Tulsa suburb asks a judge to postpone a hearing on the Wind Catcher transmission line to give the city more time to prepare. (Tulsa World)
• Tennessee Senators call on President Trump to drop plans to sell off TVA transmission assets, with one calling it a “looney idea.” (Times Free Press)
• TVA hosts an information day to answer questions about proposed transmission upgrades in Murray, Kentucky. (Murray Ledger, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A new group pushing a national carbon tax is funded by nuclear and renewable firms and led by former Mississippi and Louisiana senators. (Axios)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla will close more than a dozen solar facilities, including in Texas, as it downsizes its residential solar business. (Reuters)
• Auburn University and the University of Alabama add more electric vehicle charging ports to their campuses. (Birmingham News)

CLIMATE: Republican senators from Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma call for an investigation into whether a meteorologist training program is trying to “influence political and social debate.” (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• Florida residents and business leaders believe access to clean and renewable energy is critical to the state’s future, an advocacy group’s poll shows. (EDF)
• On the summer solstice, a solar advocacy coalition shines a light on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s “dismal” rate of solar installations. (SACE)
• A Charlotte reporter explains why she decided this year was the right time to install solar panels on her home. (Creative Loafing)

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