Southeast Energy News

EPA wants to weaken coal ash cleanup rules

COAL ASH: The EPA is holding a hearing today on a proposal that would loosen restrictions on coal ash disposal, raising concerns among North Carolina environmental groups and researchers. (News & Observer, WTVD)

ALSO: Spouses of workers who were sickened or died from exposure to toxins while cleaning up coal ash from the 2008 TVA disaster will testify before the EPA. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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COAL: An analyst says more U.S. coal mines are likely to shut down in the coming weeks and months after Murray Energy’s move to close a West Virginia mine. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas experiences three earthquakes, though it’s not clear whether they are related to oil and gas activity. (Houston Chronicle)
• Environmental groups file a legal complaint to get the U.S. government to add a small lizard found in the Permian Basin to the endangered species list, saying oil and gas development threatens its habitat. (Austin American-Statesman)
• Texas regulators launch interactive maps showing oil and gas production and the locations of abandoned wells. (KOSA)

SOLAR:
• After Hurricane Florence battered North Carolina, two companies assess damage below the surface on solar panels, since current assessment systems may be insufficient with increased storms. (Greentech Media)
• Hurricane Dorian winds mangled dozens of solar panels in a Virginia town, raising concerns among neighbors. (Virginian Pilot)
• South Carolina business leaders announce an $8.75 million, 7 MW solar project to be built in Marion County. (SC Now)
• Eureka Springs, Arkansas, officials approve a resolution to move forward with a solar project and potentially electric vehicle charging. (Carroll County News)

POLITICS: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Republican opponent in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race says the governor has declared “war” on the oil and gas industry. (Louisiana Record)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s new renewable energy goals can spur job creation, but only if legislators support it, a solar advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)
• Florida regulators can meet the state’s energy needs, cut Floridians’ electric bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, a Miami Beach commissioner says. (Miami Herald)
• Alabama Power is deceiving customers with commitments to renewables while it relies on natural gas, an energy group writes. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• A South Carolina city slams residential solar customers with a $50 monthly charge because its accounting software can’t accommodate solar being added to electric bills, a writer says. (PV Magazine)
• Critics worried about Texas’s electric grid handling summer heat, but it proved them wrong again, a columnist says. (Houston Chronicle)

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