Southeast Energy News

Explosion and fire erupts at one of the largest U.S. oil refineries

OIL & GAS: More than three dozen people are injured in an explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil petrochemical plant in Baytown, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• Hurricane Barry caused U.S. oil production to tank by 700,000 barrels per day during the week of July 19, according to federal data. (Forbes)
• A Permian Basin oil producer partners with a company to boost oilfield water recycling. (Houston Chronicle)

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WIND:
• Oklahoma may build the largest wind project of its kind in the U.S., which could drastically change how the state gets its energy. (KGOU)
• Wind energy advocates say there is potential for wind farms to power New Orleans despite the high costs. (NOLA.com)
• A push for new import tariffs on wind turbine towers, most of which come through ports in Texas, could hurt some projects. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• A Kentucky utility unveils the first part of its new shared solar project, which customers can subscribe to for power. (WDRB)
• Half a million dollars in federal abandoned mine funds will help start a solar project at a Wise County, Virginia, data center. (Kingsport Times-News)

UTILITIES: The president of Duke Energy Florida discusses the company’s “smarter energy future” and investing in solar. (St. Pete Catalyst) 

COAL ASH: The EPA proposes to eliminate Obama-era limits on how much coal ash can be used as dirt or gravel to level ground or fill in holes or ravines. (InsideClimate News)

COAL:
• An auction is set for this morning for the assets of bankrupt coal company Blackjewel. (Associated Press)
• The coal company didn’t post bonds to cover the cost of paying its workers as required by state law. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The former CEO of Blackjewel posts a letter to employees apologizing and promising that half the money recovered would be distributed equally to employees. (WYMT)
• A dust devil sweeps up a “coalnado” on a surface mine in West Virginia. (UPI)

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PIPELINES:
• West Virginia’s attorney general and 15 other state leaders ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that stopped construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WV Metro News)
• A protective coating on the Mountain Valley Pipeline poses no known harms, developers tell federal regulators. (Roanoke Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Anti-pipeline protesters fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline have gone too far, a pipeline advocate and retired general says. (Roanoke Times)
• Federal regulators’ decisions to revoke Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits is a move towards clean energy, a clean energy advocate writes. (Augusta Free Press)
• South Carolina’s next money pit after a failed nuclear plant could be a natural gas pipeline, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• The CEO of Florida Power & Light says that Florida’s ballot amendment to deregulate the electricity market would raise rates. (Sun Sentinel) 

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