Southeast Energy News

Louisiana parishes reach landmark deal with oil company to restore coast

OIL & GAS: A well driller will pay $100 million for coastal restoration under a potentially groundbreaking settlement, the first among oil and gas companies being sued by 12 coastal Louisiana parishes for environmental damages. (Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate) 

ALSO: A Texas liquefied natural gas company will face opponents at a hearing today over a state air pollution permit to build an export terminal. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL: Miners laid off by bankrupt coal company Blackjewel end a two-month protest blocking a coal train in Kentucky, but they still want the back pay they’re owed. (Ohio Valley Resource)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina regulators consider whether to continue allowing a nuclear fuel facility to discharge contaminants into the air and Congaree River. (Charlotte Observer)
• Federal regulators will allow Duke Energy to recover $258 million in costs associated with a cancelled nuclear project in South Carolina. (S&P Global)

POWER PLANTS: A West Virginia University engineer wants to use artificial intelligence to prolong the lives of power plants. (Beckley Register-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state will contribute $20 million to a Dominion Energy plan to replace diesel-powered school buses with electric buses. (Richmond Free Press) 

UTILITIES: North Carolina’s attorney general says regulators should deny Piedmont Natural Gas’s rate hike request. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A lawyer and Sierra Club member takes a closer look at Virginia’s recently announced clean energy goals, which she says are not as strong as they could be but improving. (Virginia Mercury)

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