EPA data point to no “widespread, systematic impacts” on drinking water from fracking; the impact on North Carolina policy is unclear. (Greenwire; Triangle Business Journal, North Carolina)
• The Arkansas Supreme Court rules sand used for fracking was not subject to state’s sales tax. (Associated Press)

• NOAA research debunks claims of a slowdown in global warming. (The New York Times)
• Mississippi’s Senators join a push to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. (The Meridian Star)

BIOMASS: A new report finds that burning wood pellets to generate electricity produces 2.5 times more carbon pollution than coal. (Fierce Energy)

• A South Carolina Electric and Gas proposal would make solar energy a more financially viable option for communities and companies. (WTOC-TV, Beaufort, South Carolina)
• Solar advocates assert — and Georgia Power denies — it will gain a cost advantage selling residential solar systems after July 1. (Morris News Service)
Florida Power & Light and Florida International University unveil a solar system and research facility in Miami. (Miami Herald)
• North Carolina solar installer Geenex is creating a Center for Energy Education to train workers and promote clean energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Bills to slow renewable energy development in North Carolina face growing opposition. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)

• U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-FL, offers a bill to extend the ban on drilling off the state’s Gulf Coast to 2027. (Tampa Bay Newspapers)
• A coalition appeals to the U.S. Interior Dept. to block drilling off the Mid- and South-Atlantic coast. (South Strand News, South Carolina)

North Carolina officials order retests of  water wells for possible contamination near Duke Energy coal ash dumps. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• More than six years and $1.1 billion later, the EPA declares the 2014 Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill cleanup complete. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• An Appeals Court resurrects a lawsuit by workers who cleaned up the 2014 Kingston coal ash spill claiming they weren’t protected from toxic fly ash. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Demolition of its Cape Fear coal plant marks a milestone in Duke Energy’s push to clean up its 5.6 million tons of coal ash stored nearby. (Greensboro News & Record)
• A map with fresh data illustrates the widespread contamination of drinking water from coal ash disposal sites in North Carolina. (Southern Environmental Center)

Coal industry layoffs and low energy prices are resulting in lower than projected tax collections. (The Charleston Gazette)
• A judge denies nine motions to dismiss lawsuits against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Marathon Petroleum expands its refinery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky to process crude from West Virginia and other states. (The Herald-Dispatch, West Virginia)

PIPELINES: A group of Nelson County, Virginia residents protested against the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

TVA should remain a government utility – report. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The Danville, Virginia City Council rejects selling its electric utility. (Danville Register & Bee)

• A West Virginia newspaper calls on lawmakers to join in defeating EPA’s Clean Power Plan. (Wheeling News-Register)
• “Long considered the land of God, Guns and Fossil Energy, the South is changing”. (Distributed Iteration)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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