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Bankrupt Kentucky coal company cited for dozens of environmental problems

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COAL: A bankrupt Kentucky coal company that owes pay to hundreds of miners has been cited for dozens of environmental violations in recent months and has not taken action to clean up the problems, according to a court motion. (Lexington Herald Leader)

ALSO: Former coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship says he will run for president in 2020 as a Constitution Party candidate. (The Hill)

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COAL ASH:
• There’s no scientific merit for the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback of coal ash rules, a Duke University researcher says. (Coastal Review Online)
• Duke Energy is trying to prevent its executives from having to testify in a coal ash lawsuit. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR:
• South Carolina utilities and the solar industry are at odds over how much utilities should pay for solar projects, and regulators are set to decide soon. (Post and Courier)
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee, airport succeeds at cutting its utility bills and carbon emissions by installing solar. (Solar Power World)
• Several Little Rock, Arkansas, companies announce they are installing solar to help power their operations. (Arkansas Business)

GRID: The Texas grid manager predicts the state will have enough power to meet peak demand during winter and spring, including new gas and wind power. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy says North Carolina needs to change utility regulations if the state wants it to meet its decarbonization goals. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Opposition to the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines remains strong in Virginia even while the projects are tangled up in legal battles. (WMRA)

OIL & GAS: A gas leak causes an explosion at a West Virginia home, injuring two people. (Loudoun Times-Mirror)

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EMISSIONS: Students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, lead a local campaign to reduce exhaust coming from idling vehicles. (WRAL)

COMMENTARY:
• Oklahoma is reshaping the energy landscape in the U.S. with oil, gas and renewable power, an editorial board writes. (Journal Record)
• North Carolina Republicans are failing to make their case against Gov. Roy Cooper over Atlantic Coast Pipeline funding, a reporter says. (NC Policy Watch)
• Rural electric cooperative members in Kentucky and elsewhere discuss how they exercise ownership to lead co-ops toward energy efficiency and renewables. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)

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