Southeast Energy News

Federal court throws out key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits

PIPELINES: A federal court throws out two key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits, siding with environmental groups who argued that regulators failed to consider potential impacts to endangered species. (WVPB)

ALSO: Federal regulators say there will be minimal environmental impacts from the MVP Southgate project, which is planned to connect to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and deliver natural gas to North Carolina. (Bloomberg)

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OIL & GAS:
• Expectant mothers living near extensive oil and gas development run a higher risk of having children with birth defects, a new study says. (Texas Standard)
• ExxonMobil is a major source of natural gas flaring in Texas, according to a research firm’s report, but the company says it will stop by 2030. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Phillips 66’s profits bounce back, largely because of crude oil refining and flow through pipelines and natural gas liquid terminals. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal agency will finish an assessment of oil and gas industry impacts on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico by November under a settlement with three environmental groups. (NOLA.com)

COAL:
• Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel receives court approval to move forward with a potential sale of mines and equipment in West Virginia and Wyoming. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Former miners with black lung diseases discuss their frustration with Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who they say would not listen to their concerns last week during a visit to D.C. (Kingsport Times News)

COAL ASH: Meetings in Virginia and North Carolina next month will detail an agreement with Duke Energy to clean up and restore land from a coal ash spill. (Associated Press) 

SOLAR:
• An Arkansas county looks to install solar energy to reduce electricity costs. (KAIT)
• Georgia Power unveils a “smart neighborhood” in Atlanta that has solar-plus-storage systems. (Solar Power World)
• A Tennessee county weighs the benefits and costs of getting a solar project. (News-Democrat & Leader)
• A Virginia county takes initial steps toward revising its comprehensive plan to include utility-scale solar facilities. (News Virginian)

EFFICIENCY: Louisville, Kentucky, is ranked 55 out of 75 for energy efficiency by a clean energy group. (Louisville Business First)

COMMENTARY:
• A reporter asks: if coal is booming, why does the industry need lawmakers’ help to bail it out? (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia needs to accelerate offshore wind progress, not delay it, a maritime association director writes. (Daily Press)

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