Southeast Energy News

Investigation: Regulators ignored black lung disease epidemic

COAL: Government regulators have known for years that exposing miners to toxic coal mine dust would lead to black lung disease, but they failed to take action, an investigation shows. (NPR, Frontline)

ALSO: An Appalachian organization is working to plant lavender on former coal mine sites and offer a training program for local farmers. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• Duke Energy says rooftop solar rebates in North Carolina will be about $10 million this year, and application for next year will be available Jan 2. (WFAE)
• Gaston County, North Carolina officials reject two solar farm proposals because of concerns about property values. (Gaston Gazette)
• A Florida man is charged in Tennessee with fraud for running a solar farm Ponzi scheme. (Fox17)
• A cabbage farm in Florida will soon become a solar project for Florida Power & Light. (WZTV)

WIND: A new coalition called Powering Texas promotes wind energy in the state. (North American Wind Power)

PIPELINES:
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers file a lawsuit against Nelson County, Virginia after zoning officials deny a request for floodplain crossings. (Daily Progress)
• A Nelson County native leads the effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

OIL & GAS:
• An energy company thousands of West Virginians say hasn’t paid them royalty payments for natural gas files a settlement term sheet. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A small Louisiana community surrounded by petrochemical plants and a pipeline route debate whether to take buyouts or create a new evacuation route. (The Advocate)
• Oil spill money is helping fund efforts in Florida and along the Gulf Coast to protect coral reefs and oysters dying off in the Gulf of Mexico. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• Automated mining machines are replacing human miners around the world, so West Virginia needs to look for new economic opportunities, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Florida lawmakers should evaluate how high energy prices and policies not friendly to renewables have had on voters, a clean energy advocate says. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)

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