Southeast Energy News

Convicted ex-Massey CEO blames government, calls for mine safety reform

COAL: Ex-Massey CEO Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison for his role in the deadly 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, is calling for more mine safety amid his West Virginia Senate campaign. (USA TODAY)

MORE: Today is the eighth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster; 29 coal miners who died are remembered. (WSAZ)

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NUCLEAR:
• ​Citigroup calls Westinghouse’s nuclear reactor business a “de facto Ponzi scheme” and files claims worth $7.5 billion against the company related to South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• A company that makes components for nuclear power plants and services and fuels plants is moving its North American headquarters from North Carolina to Virginia. (Associated Press)
• The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will receive an additional $10 million in federal funding to clean up a nuclear reactor test site it owns. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

OIL: The Coast Guard and others respond to a storage tank leak that spilled more than 4,000 gallons of crude oil in a Louisiana bay. (Times-Picayune)

PIPELINES: Virginia faith leaders say they are continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by opposing the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, which they believe disproportionately affect black communities. (Public News Service)

BIOMASS: Georgia Renewable Power will generate electricity from burning wood waste and chicken poop, building two biomass plants expected to be operational by mid-2019. (Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS: Kinder Morgan tells FERC the company is still not ready to move forward with a plan to transport natural gas liquids through a Tennessee pipeline. (Advocate-Messenger)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Georgia still has no official opposition to offshore drilling as the legislative session concludes, despite bipartisan support for two bills. (Savannah Morning News)

CLIMATE: A University of Florida study shows as the Southeast gets hotter and drier, forests will likely store less biomass and there would be more carbon in the atmosphere. (WMFE)

POLITICS: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defends embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. (Courier-Journal)

OVERSIGHT: An environmental group reiterates calls for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to fire the head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. (WRIC)

COMMENTARY:
• A Kentucky House bill that prevents coal miners with black lung from receiving compensation “is an abomination” and every legislator who voted for it will have blood on their hands, say two labor union leaders. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he is a “friend of coal” but must mean coal companies rather than miners, as evidenced by his support for a bill to make it harder to diagnose black lung disease, says a columnist. (Courier & Press)

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