Southeast Energy News

Government audit finds no link between mine safety, penalties

COAL: A government audit finds no evidence that more than $1 billion in federal fines over 18 years deterred unsafe mining practices. (NPR)

ALSO:
A hearing is set for the Labor Department to argue some of Blackjewel’s coal should be blocked from crossing state lines. (Reuters)
• Kentucky coal county officials lobby state legislators to let counties keep 100% of coal severance money instead of splitting with the state and others. (Messenger-Inquirer)
• Contura Energy signs a three-year deal to power Kentucky utilities with its coal from Pennsylvania. (S&P Global)

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COAL ASH: Families of sickened coal ash cleanup workers urge Tennessee Valley Authority to provide health insurance and quit using Jacobs Engineering, the contractor they sued for failing to protect workers. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

WIND:
• Oklahoma’s wind energy growth over the past decade is second only to Texas, and the state is also a leader in energy efficiency, according to a report by environmental groups. (Oklahoman)
• Developer GlidePath Power Solutions enters the wind-plus-storage market in Texas with the purchase of 149 MW of wind power. (Greentech Media)
• A journalist describes the environmental and economic costs of decommissioning aging wind turbines (KGOU)

SOLAR:
• Two Florida towns form a solar cooperative to save money and build a network of solar advocates. (Ponte Verda Recorder)
• Georgia officials approve a loan to build a solar facility next to a wastewater treatment plant. (Savannah Morning News)
• A solar array is installed on a Gullah-Geechee community library in South Carolina. (WTGS)

PIPELINES:
• Construction begins on the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas. (Odessa American)
• Pipeline companies are getting bolder in their use of eminent domain to take land in Louisiana and other Southeastern states. (Southerly)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents ask federal judges to build on developers’ decision to voluntarily suspend construction. (E&E News, subscription)
• Energy company Tellurian asks federal regulators for permission to start early review for a 625-mile pipeline project that would run natural gas from West Texas to Louisiana. (S&P Global)
• Kentucky regulators want more information to decide if an arboretum has legal standing to file a complaint over a natural gas pipeline. (WFPL)

OIL & GAS:
• The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is now exporting about 150,000 barrels of oil per day. (4WWL)
• The Coast Guard says it burned off an oil spill in a marsh south of New Orleans. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Oil and gas companies bid $159.4 million for federal drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, down from sales in March and a year ago. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The silver lining to the Dan River coal ash spill is that Duke Energy has funded projects to restore the area, says an environmental advocate. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• South Carolina is an emerging solar leader in the Southeast, an editor writes. (PV Magazine)

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