Southeast Energy News

EPA moves to relax methane rules for oil and gas drillers

OIL AND GAS: The EPA moves to change how companies must monitor and fix methane leaks at oil and gas sites, which would allow major oil and gas drillers in Texas to release more methane into the air. (Houston Public Media)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say they are stopping construction to prepare for storm damage from Hurricane Florence. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia regulators will hear public comment on the Mountaineer Gas natural gas line proposal. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: Some of the 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia start to prepare for Hurricane Florence. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• Some Virginia farmers see solar as a way to keep their farms viable. (Staunton News Leader)
• A solar developer and Duke Energy dedicate a shared solar farm for low-income residents in North South Carolina. (SCNow)
• A 67-household Miami solar co-op unanimously selects a Florida company for the group’s solar panel installations. (Miami’s Community Newspapers)
• A solar company launches a “free power for a year” program in San Antonio and other Texas markets to generate interest in solar. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• Construction begins on a community of solar-powered, net-zero energy homes in Frisco, Texas. (WFAA)
• A candidate for Clarksville, Tennessee mayor plans to unveil a solar-powered bus stop bench for the community. (Clarksville Now)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Sierra Club will host an electric vehicle event in West Virginia this week. (Herald-Mail Media)

WIND:
• Texas and Oklahoma are among 16 states where wind energy is the biggest source of renewable energy. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A Texas municipal utility will request proposals for 100 MW capacity of wind from the Gulf Coast. (Recharge, subscription)
• A 200 MW wind farm in Oklahoma is now up and running. (North American Windpower)

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COAL: The EPA proposes adding a West Virginia town to its cleanup priorities list decades after a contractor for the local coal-mining industry dumped toxic chemicals in the area.  (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas’ oil boom is having a profound impact on American and international politics, but it won’t last, says the author of a new book on fracking. (Dallas Morning News)
• The Trump administration’s push to expand offshore drilling jeopardizes safety precautions put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a journalist writes. (The Nation)

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