Southeast Energy News

Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction allowed to resume

PIPELINES: Federal regulators say Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction can now resume after two permits thrown out by a federal court last month were reissued. (WVPB)

HURRICANE FLORENCE:
The EPA reports a second coal ash spill at a disposal site owned by Duke Energy because of Hurricane Florence rains. (Bloomberg)
• Duke Energy declares an “unusual event,” the lowest level of nuclear emergency, at its Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence flooding limits access to it. (News & Observer)
• Utilities and clean energy companies pick up the pieces at solar farms in the storm’s path but say it’s too soon to assess the impact. (Greentech Media)

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COAL:
The president of the West Virginia Coal Association asks to decrease the coal severance tax from 5 percent to 2 percent. (Register-Herald)
A member of the independent federal commission overseeing mine safety accuses the Trump administration of illegally cutting back on a rule that endangers the lives of miners. (NBC News)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer announces a 200 MW solar farm in Texas that is expected to employ up to 202 people. (PV Magazine)
• Chickasaw County, Mississippi becomes the leading county for solar energy in the state with two solar farms. (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
• A renewable energy company files a request to propose a solar farm in a Georgia county that has been reluctant to adopt solar incentives. (Daily-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• A company asks federal regulators to start the process for building a natural gas liquefaction plant and export facility in southern Louisiana. (S&P Global)
• Texas operations that gather oil and gas and process fuel into propane and other liquids have drawn billions of dollars in private investment. (Bloomberg)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Federal lawyers say a drilling platform damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 is leaking 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, which is more than officials previously claimed. (Orlando Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. should retain its comprehensive review process for wind farms near military bases in Texas and throughout the country, two think tank co-founders say. (San Antonio Express-News)

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