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Louisiana judge: Bayou Bridge Pipeline can seize private property

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PIPELINES:
• A Louisiana judge rules that Energy Transfer Partners trespassed but has the right to seize private property to build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (Times-Picayune)
• Virginia environmental groups will conserve a small park with Mountain Valley Pipeline development money paid to offset forest damage from construction. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• The CEO of TVA says the utility will keep replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas, nuclear, and renewables. (Reuters)
The Trump administration moves to eliminate an Obama-era requirement that new coal plants use an expensive technology to capture carbon emissions. (NPR)

COAL ASH:
• All of Alabama’s coal ash ponds are less than five feet above aquifers, filings from state utilities say, and must close to meet EPA groundwater requirements. (AL.com)
• TVA contractor Jacobs Engineering, which oversaw cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill, urges a judge to vacate a jury’s finding that it failed to protect workers. (Law 360, subscription)

SOLAR: Five Arlington, Virginia schools installing solar will save more than $4 million in electricity costs over 25 years. (WUSA)

WIND: Wind speed reductions caused by one Texas wind farm reduced generation at another downwind farm by 5 percent over a six year period, a study shows. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• The oil industry flared a record amount of natural gas in the Permian Basin this year and is on track to flare even more in 2019. (E&E News, subscription)
• The environmental review of a proposed LNG terminal in Louisiana will be discussed during a public meeting next week. (Times-Picayune)
• Two Permian Basin formations hold the most potential oil and gas resources ever assessed, according to a USGS report. (Houston Chronicle)
• A U.S. subsidiary of a Mexican oil company prepares for a new round of drilling in North Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Northeast Florida congressman leads a bipartisan effort to oppose seismic testing by oil and gas drilling companies in the Atlantic. (WOKV)

POLITICS: Critics within the Democratic party oppose putting West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who supports Trump’s coal agenda, in charge of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (New York Times)

UTILITIES:
• Texas regulators consider a controversial plan to keep electricity reliable across the state, but it would cost $4 billion and lead to higher bills. (Texas Tribune)
• Regulators will postpone action on changing the way Texas wholesale electricity markets work in the state so they can consider proposals from two of the biggest energy providers. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• If Congress cares about coal miners, it needs to act to protect medical benefits for miners with black lung disease and push for economic development in the region, says an Eastern Kentucky resident. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Virginia should challenge the Trump administration’s plan to allow oil and gas companies to do seismic testing in the Atlantic, an editorial board says. (Free Lance-Star)

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