Southeast Energy News

Hurricane Florence could flood dozens of toxic coal ash sites

COAL ASH: Dozens of toxic coal ash sites in the Southeast are in the path of projected torrential rains and flash flooding from Hurricane Florence. (InsideClimate News)

• A conservative, rural North Carolina town passes a resolution opposing an expansion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which could signal trouble for the project. (Energy News Network)
• Dozens of people attend an air pollution control board meeting in Virginia to speak out against a planned compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Augusta Free Press)
• Louisiana landowners sue Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers, challenging whether oil companies generally can seize private land and if the company specifically followed the law. (The Advocate)

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• Hurricane Florence will test the Carolinas’ solar farms with winds over 100 miles per hour and torrential rains. (Bloomberg)
• The Texas solar industry is second to only California, installing nearly as much solar capacity during the first three months of 2018 as it did during all of 2017. (Houston Chronicle)
• A solar company completes the first installment of Georgia’s community solar program. (Solar Power World, news release)

CLIMATE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it will regulate methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and join a regional group to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles. (Virginia Mercury)

UTILITIES: Southeastern utilities prepare for multistate power outages during Hurricane Florence that could match or exceed damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017. (E&E News)

• Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who pushed deregulation of the fossil fuel industry, is reportedly in talks to become a consultant for a Kentucky coal mining executive. (New York Times)
• A coal train that derailed in West Virginia may have spilled coal into a tributary of the New River. (WVPB)

• Hurricane Florence could dampen natural gas demand in the Southeastern U.S. (S&P Global)
• A Texas pipeline company plans to sell its petroleum terminals on the East and West coasts to help fund construction of major pipeline projects in Texas. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• Karnes County, Texas is home to 2,300 active oil and gas wells exposing local residents and people at an immigrant detention center to pollutants. (Quartz)

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POLITICS: A Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate pushes clean energy and a ban on fracking as part of his agenda. (Orlando Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: A Virginia House of Delegates member raises concerns about the lack of solar energy in Virginia, but says the industry has a bright future in the state. (Augusta Free Press)

CORRECTION: A recently dedicated solar farm will serve low-income residents in South Carolina. An item in Wednesday’s newsletter misidentified the state.

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