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Federal court throws out key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

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PIPELINES: A federal appeals court rules the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross under two national forests and the Appalachian Trail. (WVPB)

ALSO:
• The Virginia water control board votes to hold a hearing to consider revoking a water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
North Carolina lawmakers hire investigators to look into Gov. Roy Cooper’s acceptance of $57.8 million for a state fund from companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Carolina Journal)

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NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina regulators are expected to decide today how much SCE&G customers will pay for a failed nuclear project and whether to approve Dominion’s purchase of state utility SCANA. (Post and Courier)
• Lawsuits and investigations surrounding the V.C. Summer nuclear project have cost Santee Cooper $9 million, when the utility only budgeted $2 million. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• A Texas utility signs a record-low power purchase agreement for solar at under $25 per megawatt-hour. (Greentech Media)
• The Livingston, Louisiana school board approves a property tax exemption for a nearby solar project. (The Advocate)
• About 175 MW of utility-scale solar came online in North Carolina in the third quarter of this year, ranking the state third for new construction. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Clinton, North Carolina officials give the go-ahead for a new solar farm. (Sampson Independent)
• Jacksonville, Florida works to become the nation’s leader in solar power. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)

WIND: An energy company breaks ground on a 145 MW wind farm in Texas. (Renewables Now)

COAL ASH: Roane County, Tennessee officials push for independent coal ash contamination testing at a children’s sports complex. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS:
Activists in Texas document methane and other emissions spewing from oil and gas drilling projects in the Permian Basin. (Dallas Morning News)
Texas regulators approve air permits for an LNG export project. (Natural Gas Intel, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling critics say the federal government is “beyond foolish” to not study the risk of oil spills in the Gulf Stream. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration over seismic testing for offshore drilling because it can have detrimental impacts on marine life, says the Oceana campaign director. (The Hill)

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