Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline gets green light again for stream crossings

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers reissues three permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross nearly 1,000 streams and wetlands. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina regulators issue a citation to Colonial Pipeline for an August gasoline spill that was one of the largest in state history. (WCNC)

OIL & GAS:
• Closures and bankruptcies have abruptly rattled oil refining towns from California to Louisiana. (E&E News, subscription)
• The growing number of strong hurricanes and continued erosion along Louisiana’s coast is increasing the risk of major oil spills in the region. (Sierra)

POWER PLANTS: The Trump administration quietly reclassifies power plant “cooling ponds” as “waste treatment systems,” potentially stripping at least a dozen lakes from protection under the Clean Water Act. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
A new cooperative on Florida’s Space Coast launches to help homeowners and business owners through the process of adding rooftop solar. (Florida Today)
• A solar group-buying cooperative is recruiting members in the Houston area who want to participate in a bulk purchase program. (Community Impact)

STORAGE: Virginia officials are writing the rules for the state’s energy storage mandate of 3.1 gigawatts to be installed by 2035. (Greentech Media, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A North Carolina electric cooperative partners with a gas station to install a DC fast charger off Interstate 95. (RRSpin)

WIND: A renewable developer confirms that a subcontractor died in a fall last week at its 100 MW Langford wind farm in Christoval, Texas. (Wind Power)

OVERSIGHT: An explainer looks at what the Georgia Public Service Commission does and who’s running for a seat in advance of an election. (Augusta Chronicle)

ACTIVISM: Older environmentalists in Tampa Bay say they are listening to — and making room for — younger activists as their organizations gray. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Virginia lawmakers should redirect funds from an ineffective coal tax credit program toward more promising investments to help Appalachia. (Roanoke Times)
• The director of a West Virginia economic development group says coal communities need an equitable economic transition. (Herald-Dispatch)

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