Southeast Energy News

Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ targeted for new oil and gas facilities

OIL & GAS: Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” one of the most polluted regions in the country, is being overrun by new oil and gas facilities. (Times-Picayune/The Advocate, ProPublica)

ALSO:
• Residents in the 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are fighting back against the expansion. (Rolling Stone)
• A company delays plans to invest in a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light plans to begin construction in the next year on a solar project with 300,000 panels in St. Johns County, Florida. (Florida Times-Union)
• Southeast solar developers seek contracts with major corporations as momentum builds to change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Virginia county takes steps to install solar panels at an elementary school. (The Breeze)

NUCLEAR:
• A lawsuit challenging Georgia regulators’ decision to let Georgia Power finish Plant Vogtle will get another hearing. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)
• Southern Company maintains Plant Vogtle construction will be completed on time. (E&E News, subscription)
• Plant Vogtle gives a grant to a Georgia county sheriff’s office to help prevent traffic fatalities around the facility. (WRDW)
• Nuclear regulators’ environmental assessment of a South Carolina nuclear plant says it won’t have a significant impact on the environment despite a history of spills and leaks. (Island Packet)

COAL ASH: Tennessee residents gather at a community meeting to discuss a proposed coal ash landfill and the future of TVA’s Bull Run power plant. (Columbia Daily Herald, Oak Ridger) 

COAL: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin introduces legislation to protect workers’ pensions after news of Murray Energy’s bankruptcy. (Times West Virginian)

GRID: Power outages from Tropical Storm Olga raises concerns about storm readiness and infrastructure in Louisiana. (Fox 8)

OVERSIGHT: Two senators propose legislation that would move federal agencies out of Washington D.C., and want the Department of Energy to be in Kentucky. (Courier Journal)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy proposes a rate increase in North Carolina to cover $464 million for retiring coal plants, closing coal ash facilities and improving the grid. (WFAE)

COMMENTARY:
• Coal bankruptcies are inevitable and West Virginia political leaders haven’t prepared residents for the changes ahead, a university professor says. (WDTV)
• Environmental advocates praise North Carolina lawmakers’ decision to reject a controversial ratemaking bill. (Appalachian Voices)

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