Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline hits more roadblocks

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court puts a hold on two permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline while it reviews a lawsuit by environmental groups. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers will pay $2.15 million to resolve a lawsuit by Virginia regulators over violating environmental standards and put the pipeline under stricter monitoring. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office says staff will answer questions about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at a public hearing, but won’t meet with investigators the Republican legislature hired. (Charlotte Observer)
• The debate over natural gas and major pipeline projects heats up in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

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SOLAR:
• Louisiana regulators kill a net metering proposal, a milestone in the state-by-state battle over rooftop solar. (E&E News)
• Today is the deadline for Kentuckians to submit comments on the state’s net metering rates before regulators hold a public meeting in November. (Public News Service)
• A Texas church fundraises in its community to install solar panels that will help power its operations. (Star Local Media)
• An Arkansas school district looks to go solar after a new law makes it easier to access solar energy. (KY 3)
• Developers plan a 1,600-acre solar farm in western Kentucky to provide power to the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Bowling Green Daily News)

GRID: Major blackouts from wildfires, like in California, are unlikely in Oklahoma because of its grid and transmission setup, a utility executive says. (Oklahoman)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia lawmakers and industry executives tout the future of the petrochemical industry in the state. (WV News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A company completes surveys for Shell for deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (World Oil)

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COMMENTARY:
• The oil and gas industries supply millions of dollars in taxes for vital community services to West Virginia counties, an industry executive says. (WV Gazette-Mail)
• Permian Basin oil production improves America’s national security, a Texas energy regulator writes. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• South Carolina and North Carolina may be headed toward a deregulated power market, a columnist writes. (Forbes)
• Florida can protect its coastline from offshore drilling without sacrificing the economy, the president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says. (Sun Sentinel)

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