Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline cuts workforce in half, delays completion

PIPELINES: The Mountain Valley Pipeline cuts half its workforce and pushes its completion date back to 2019. (Roanoke Times)

After people submitted more than 13,000 comments about federal permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, Virginia water regulators will meet this week to discuss the projects. (Roanoke Times)
Federal regulators give permission to Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers to continue limited work after ordering a stop to construction for both projects. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Protesters in Louisiana are sitting in platforms among cypress trees to try to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin. (WGNO)

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Personal income has dropped in several Eastern Kentucky counties where where coal employment has declined in recent years, according to a report from the Appalachian Regional Commission. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Kentucky state regulators ask a judge to order West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay nearly $3 million for shirking taxes for his coal companies and failing to fix hundreds of mining reclamation violations. (Lexington Herald Leader)
President Trump’s tariffs on imports and retaliatory measures by other countries could slow down coal exports from Appalachian producers, a report says. (ThinkProgress)

COAL ASH: A federal judge allows a lawsuit accusing Duke Energy of violating water pollution laws by allowing potentially toxic coal ash into North Carolina waterways to move forward. (Associated Press)

Officials break ground on the first solar farm in Northeast Tennessee. (Johnson City Press)
A conservative think tank sues Georgetown, Texas over how much time it will take for hundreds of solar panels to generate enough energy to pay back their installation costs. (Austin American-Statesman)

WIND: French utility company Engie plans to build a 200 MW wind project in west Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say Westinghouse Electric Co. has no plans to clean up a uranium leak under its nuclear fuel factory for 40 years despite evidence it will spread into water sources. (The State)

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UTILITIES: Santee Cooper postpones its board meeting because of a legal battle over who controls the top seat on the board. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: Coal miners with black lung disease are losing access to healthcare benefits as well as their optimism that the Trump administration will save their jobs, an attorney says. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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