Southeast Energy News

Florida governor says he opposes fracking, offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues an executive order taking a strong stance against offshore drilling and fracking in the state, though environmental groups remain skeptical of his plans. (ThinkProgress)

ALSO:
• Republican opposition to offshore drilling is growing in South Carolina. (E&E News, subscription)
• The government shutdown is slowing the Trump administration’s plans to open up offshore drilling. (ThinkProgress)

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RENEWABLES: Virginia environmental groups unite behind three bills that would cut carbon emissions from power plants, ease solar restrictions, and mandate the safe storage or recycling of toxic coal ash. (Daily Press)

SOLAR:
• Solar farms in North Carolina run into challenges as the approval process and installations slow. (Times-News)
• A solar developer will build a 160 MW project in Georgia that will produce enough energy to power 30,000 households. (Renewables Now)

UTILITIES: South Carolina’s two largest utilities other regional utility companies helped pay for Gov. Henry McMaster’s inauguration celebration. (The State)

COAL ASH: Mooresville, North Carolina is home to more coal ash facilities than anywhere else in the state, and experts are testing for public health effects to get Duke to close one basin. (Mooresville Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• In response to a lawsuit by the state of Virginia, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say erosion was caused by “extraordinary” rainfall and other uncontrollable forces of nature. (Roanoke Times)
• A federal appeals court declines to soften a ruling that prompted Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers to stop construction. (E&E News, subscription)
• An appellate court rules an energy company may not have to pull its pipeline from an expired easement on tribal land in Oklahoma. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Houston’s oil and gas industry is in a “kind of purgatory,” investment experts say, moving cautiously because of low oil prices. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma is the most productive oil and gas area outside of the Permian Basin in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• The increasing number of oil rigs in the Permian Basin is adding significant light pollution to the night sky, experts at a famous observatory say. (Dallas Morning News)

POLITICS: A Virginia Democrat throws his support behind a carbon tax and the Green New Deal. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: The Green New Deal is an ideal way forward for Texas wind and solar energy, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)

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