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Florida senator aims to block repeal of offshore drilling safety rules

OIL & NATURAL GAS: Six small oil and natural gas drilling projects, including sites in Appalachia and Louisiana and Mississippi, will receive about $30 million in federal research and development funds as part of the Trump administration’s effort to boost fossil fuels. (Reuters)

Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday he will use the Congressional Review Act to block President Trump from overturning safety rules put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf water. (The Hill)
The first of two applications for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan is approved for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub in Appalachia. (Times Free Press)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Virginia-based Dominion Energy said its purchase of South Carolina’s troubled utility SCANA is “unprecedented in the benefits it provides customers.” (Statehouse Report)

West Virginia landowners who are being sued by Mountain Valley Pipeline developers argue the project should not have immediate access to their properties. (Metro News)
Developers have yet to break ground on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is already behind schedule. (Triangle Business Journal)
The Cayenne Pipeline is now in service and transporting natural gas liquids in Louisiana. (Kallanish Energy)

The federal government faces two policy deadlines this month with potentially far-reaching ramifications for the U.S. solar industry. (Washington Post)
A bill filed in Florida’s legislature this week would establish a pilot program in the Florida Keys to install on-site solar generation and energy storage for critical facilities during grid outages. (Solar Power World)

The Fayetteville, Arkansas, city council voted to adopt a 100-percent clean energy goal, making it the 54th city in the country to do so. (KFSM)
Three teenagers are petitioning North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission to commit the state to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. (Progressive Pulse)

CLIMATE: Environmental groups are at odds over how to treat a growing number of Republicans who are speaking out on climate change, including Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo. (E&E News)

COAL: U.S. coal mines recorded 15 workplace deaths in 2017 – more than half occurred in Appalachia – after hitting a record low the year prior. (NPR)

The vice chair of Georgia’s Public Service Commission acknowledges the Vogtle nuclear project is a guinea pig and explains why it should proceed. (Power)
A columnist criticizes Georgia’s decision to allow the long-delayed and over-budget Vogtle project to continue, saying the true beneficiary is Georgia Power. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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