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Environmental, eminent domain battles over Texas pipeline heat up

PIPELINES: A rare pipeline dispute in Texas puts anti-flaring activists at odds with ranchers who don’t want the project on their property. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A Texas county votes to pursue a lawsuit over endangered species threatened by construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline. (Fredericksburg Standard)
• Kinder Morgan says another proposed pipeline would go from West to East Texas to support the liquefied natural gas industry. (Houston Chronicle)
• Large wooden mats, used as temporary roads for construction equipment building the Mountain Valley Pipeline, are swept down a Virginia river by heavy rains. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia farmers try to hold Mountain Valley Pipeline developers accountable for construction management on their property. (DC Media Group)
• A pipeline company denies allegations of negligence in a lawsuit over the death of a worker. (West Virginia Record)

SOLAR:
• A new report by an environmental think tank calls on Texas regulators to promote solar more actively than it does, with a focus on rooftop solar. (PV Magazine)
• A solar company will bring four solar projects to one South Carolina county and six to another. (Greenville News, WBTW)
• A Virginia school district votes to install solar to help them save millions of  dollars. (Fluvanna Review)
• Construction is expected to begin soon on a 3.15 MW solar project to power city buildings in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lafayette, Louisiana, gets its first public electric vehicle charging station. (Developing Lafayette)

EFFICIENCY: An Oklahoma utility will provide $70,000 to help fund teachers’ energy efficiency projects. (Examiner-Enterprise)

UTILITIES: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper will pay $15 million to help pay for a study to determine if it should be sold. (Associated Press)

COAL: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) re-introduces two pieces of legislation that would lessen regulatory burdens on coal companies. (WBKO)

OIL & GAS: Data on offshore oil and gas production losses in the Gulf of Mexico is delayed because of an internet outage at offices in New Orleans. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: After North Carolina environmental regulators deny a company’s proposal to do seismic testing for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, the company appeals to the U.S. commerce secretary. (Progressive Pulse) 

COMMENTARY:
• The director of West Virginia’s oil and gas association claims local media is stirring opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Texas newspaper columnist says the state’s oil and gas boom will bust within five years when demand for plastics is lower. (Texas Standard)

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