Southeast Energy News

Court: Natural gas company can’t trespass on land

OIL & GAS: After two West Virginia residents fought with a natural gas company for seven years, the state Supreme Court rules that the company trespassed by going onto their property to drill without permission. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

ALSO:
• Three energy companies will fund a new pipeline to carry natural gas from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• A company uses flights over the Permian Basin to search for methane emissions leaking from pipeline operations. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A tornado hits an Exxon facility in Louisiana, but there is no damage to the plant. (WAFB)
• Permian Basin oil is increasingly too light in density for domestic refineries or exports, so the prices are dropping substantially. (Reuters)

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PIPELINES: A Texas law strengthening penalties against pipeline protesters infringes on first amendment rights, opponents say. (Reuters)

COAL:
• The head of the national coal miners’ union urges the Trump administration to regulate silica dust in mines, which researchers say is causing black lung disease to resurge. (Reuters)
• Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant and halt the growth of natural gas. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Florida more than doubled its installed solar capacity in 2018, with utility Florida Power & Light second in the nation for annual capacity. (PV Magazine)
• The second-biggest seller of electricity in Texas offers customers an all-solar power option if they don’t want to install their own solar panels. (Houston Chronicle)
• Another Arkansas county plans to power all of its government operations with solar energy. (Arkansas Business)

WIND: A U.K. company will design two vessels that will be used to build Virginia’s offshore wind energy project. (North American Windpower)

UTILITIES: Georgetown, Texas, fully powered by renewables, should let an outside firm manage its utility department to react to changing market conditions, a consultant says. (Texas Monitor)

OVERSIGHT: State regulators in Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi are on the front lines of the push for renewables and electric vehicles. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: A Duke Energy executive writes that a North Carolina lake is safe from coal ash contamination, despite reports that coal ash has spilled into it. (Start News Online)

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