Southeast Energy News

Jury: Coal ash cleanup contractor endangered workers

COAL ASH: A federal jury rules that Jacobs Engineering, a contractor hired to oversee TVA’s Kingston coal ash spill cleanup, endangered workers who were poisoned. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
Mountain Valley Pipeline developers submit an application to FERC for a 73-mile extension of the pipeline into North Carolina. (Roanoke Times)
A federal appeals court orders a temporary halt to a water-crossing permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A pipeline company expands its network from the Permian Basin in Texas to Cushing, Oklahoma. (Oil Price)

MIDTERMS:
Across the U.S., the midterm elections were a mixed bag for renewable energy. (Energy News Network)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is now the lone pro-coal Democrat after winning re-election. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A Texas city council approves plans for a large solar farm that will sell power to a corporation in the state. (KWXT)
• Solar energy advocates worry that Duke Energy’s proposals could slow solar and battery storage projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

WIND: Ørsted completes its acquisition of Deepwater Wind, giving it the largest offshore wind development pipeline in the U.S. (Maritime Executive)

NUCLEAR:
• A judge rules that South Carolina electric cooperatives can continue a lawsuit against Santee Cooper to stop the utility from charging customers for an unfinished nuclear project. (The State)
• A conservative foundation sues the Justice Department to obtain records about President Trump’s former lawyer lobbying for the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OIL & GAS: Drilling in the Permian Basin is picking back up after fracking was slowed for three months because of pipeline shortages. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Southern Company’s utilities in Georgia and Florida spent $550 million to repair and rebuild their grids after Hurricane Michael. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: A climate change expert speaks to West Virginia students about the importance of regulation in mitigating global warming. (Beckley Register Herald)

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