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Gulf Coast communities worry about impact of negative oil prices

OIL & GAS: The collapse of oil into negative prices threatens the economy of Houston and other Gulf Coast communities as companies weigh whether to halt production. (KHOU, The Advocate)

ALSO:
• Energy companies hunt for storage space in Texas and elsewhere for their glut of oil that can’t sell. (Reuters)
• Low oil prices could prompt producers to shift their focus to natural gas production in shale regions like West Virginia, some analysts say. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups argue in court that a proposed Texas liquified natural gas plant could harm an endangered species of ocelot. (Law 360, subscription) 

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UTILITIES: A group of businesses in North Carolina wants Duke Energy to waive fixed monthly fees during the coronavirus pandemic, which the utility says it will determine on a case-by-case basis. (WFAE)

WIND: A major Southeastern wind project faces challenges in getting approved by Texas regulators, but developers say it may not require approval from all states involved. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: A western Kentucky municipal utility will install 50 MW of solar to provide 15% of its annual electricity and lower customer bills. (PV Magazine)

DEEPWATER HORIZON:
• A Louisiana community still dealing with the effects of the BP oil spill 10 years ago is now concerned about the health and environmental risks of a proposed oil export terminal. (Southerly)
• Environmental groups and some lawmakers use the oil spill anniversary to push for more clean energy. (News Service of Florida)

PIPELINES:
• A stream crossing permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline could remain on hold even longer depending on a ruling over Keystone XL Pipeline construction. (Roanoke Times)
• The Trump administration is proposing a regulatory rollback that would save pipeline companies over $270,000 a year. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: Youth activists pressure Southeastern mayors to take action on renewable energy and climate change. (Sierra Magazine)

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