Southeast Energy News

How Louisiana lawmakers, lobbyists stop oil and gas protests

OIL & GAS: Corporate energy lobbyists and Louisiana lawmakers have pioneered ways to discourage environmental protests by criminalizing trespassing on “critical” oil and gas infrastructure. (ProPublica, Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate)

ALSO: Texas drillers are banking on China to increase its demand for U.S. oil and natural gas, but China is developing its own energy sector, focused on solar and electric cars. (Houston Chronicle)

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PIPELINES:
Appalachian Trail advocates and Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers are at odds in a case over the pipeline’s permit that is going before the Supreme Court later this month. (Bloomberg)
Virginia environmental regulators find repeated erosion and sedimentation violations along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route despite a winter construction slowdown. (Roanoke Times)

EFFICIENCY: Louisville, Kentucky, plans an energy audit of city operations to cut costs and improve efficiency. (WFPL)

SOLAR: An aquatic center in Destin, Florida, receives a grant to install solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION:
A Florida company wants to build a solar-powered, on-demand, rapid public transit system in the state. (Orlando Weekly)
The best way to sell electric vehicles to conservative policymakers is to talk costs, not climate change, according to a Republican Georgia utility regulator.  (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: As Puerto Rico still recovers from Hurricane Maria, earthquakes damage power plants, revealing the risks of its centralized electricity structure. (The Intercept)

UTILITIES:
A Kentucky bill would allow local public utilities to buy wholesale electricity without a public bidding process. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The mayor of Richmond, Virginia, says he will forgive $3.3 million in utility fees the city has tried to collect from the public school district. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: A Texas energy company is working on a project to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it underground. (E&E News)

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COAL ASH:
Coal ash from Puerto Rico is making its way to Florida and Georgia after its government passed a law prohibiting coal ash disposal on the island. (WDEF)
Juliette, Georgia, residents fear toxic chemicals from coal ash stored at a nearby power plant is contaminating their drinking water. (Georgia Recorder)
Duke Energy paid North Carolina contractors $200 million from October 2018 to September 2019 to clean up coal ash. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Virginia needs to build more wind energy projects and one proposed in Rocky Forge is an ideal start, says a Sierra Club activist. (Roanoke Times)

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