Southeast Energy News

BP oil spill was bigger, more toxic than we thought, study says

OIL & GAS: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have been up to 30% larger than previously estimated, since the oil was invisible to satellites that tracked it, according to a new study. (USA Today)

BP’s new CEO announces a goal to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and become a net-zero carbon company by 2050. (Houston Chronicle)
Economists in Louisiana are concerned about the long-term prospects of the oil and gas job market as offshore drilling has declined. (The Advocate) 

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PIPELINES: A fire that broke out at a natural gas pipeline supplying an Exxon refinery in Louisiana is contained, but the plant is still shut down, which could slow global oil demand. (Reuters, Dallas Morning News)

COAL: The Trump administration is considering a permit to allow strip mining on protected ridgelines in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau despite objection from environmental groups and the state’s Republican attorney general. (InsideClimate News, Knoxville News Sentinel)

A grand jury in Tennessee says it would support a criminal investigation into claims that a contractor for Tennessee Valley Authority failed to protect workers cleaning up the 2008 coal ash spill. (Associated Press)
A Tennessee couple sues TVA, alleging coal ash pollution poisoned their children and the company lied about it. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

TVA announces that it has contracted for 484 MW of solar energy and 50 MW of battery storage in the past two months. (Greentech Media)
A Manatee County, Florida, school board expresses support for a bill that would make it easier for schools to install solar panels. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) 

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NUCLEAR: Georgia Power completes the final concrete placement for a nuclear reactor containment vessel at the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Power Engineering)

Kentucky’s governor should reverse a decision to allow new strip mining on a mountain, a columnist writes. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The Trump administration should use some of its proposed budget to dispose of nuclear waste sitting in South Carolina, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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