Southeast Energy News

Major Texas oil, gas industry group says it accepts role in climate change

OIL & GAS: The head of the Texas Oil and Gas Association says his industry group agrees fossil fuels contribute to global warming and are “committed to a lower emissions future.” (Houston Public Media)

Texas’ oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020 because of high production rates, lower global demand, and other factors. (Texas Tribune)
A West Virginia House committee advances two bills that would expedite permitting of oil and gas wells in the state. (WV News) 

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PIPELINES: “I was just flabbergasted.” Activists fighting against a planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Union Hill, Virginia, react to last week’s federal court ruling against the project. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: The Southeast will likely have strong solar capacity growth over the next decade despite the phase-out of federal subsidies, according to a research firm’s report. (S&P Global) 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear pledges to take a coal company that has stiffed miners on paychecks to court if it does not comply with a demand for records. (WYMT)
The United Mine Workers’ Union is a shadow of its former self, but the group just won a major victory by getting pensions and healthcare guaranteed by Congress. (E&E News, subscription)
An Australian coal company operating a Kentucky mine facing geological and financial challenges asks the Australian stock exchange to extend the halt of trading of the company’s securities. (WKU Public Radio)

COAL ASH: A bill introduced in the Georgia legislature would require coal ash to be disposed of under guidelines at least as stringent as household trash, in lined landfills. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NUCLEAR: Plant Vogtle developers forge ahead with construction in Georgia, but federal regulators still haven’t approved the reactors and are holding another public hearing this month. (WJBF) 

UTILITIES: Charlottesville, Virginia, owns an electric utility that promotes natural gas, which may make some of the city’s climate and renewable energy goals difficult to achieve. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

ACTIVISM: Hundreds of people rally in Richmond, Virginia, to pressure lawmakers to adopt stricter laws on climate change and clean energy. (WRIC)  

COMMENTARY: The Virginia Clean Economy Act is a major step forward for clean energy in the state, a solar advocate writes. (Virginia Mercury)

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