Southeast Energy News

N.C. lawmakers to investigate governor’s pipeline approval

PIPELINES: North Carolina lawmakers vote to hire investigators to look into whether Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration improperly approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on a condition that the developer contribute almost $58 million to a state environmental mitigation fund. (News & Observer)

ALSO:
• Landowners in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin sue Energy Transfer Partners, claiming the company violated constitutional law by building without consent. (KATC)
• Federal energy regulators approve TransCanada’s request to put the WB XPress natural gas pipeline in service in West Virginia and Virginia. (Reuters)

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COAL: A group of Appalachian advocacy organizations highlight 20 ready-made projects that could give abandoned mine lands new life and spur economic development. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina regulators won’t force Duke Energy to dig up and move coal ash at seven coal-fired power plants because the sites are declared “low risk.” (WFAE)
• A report by Dominion Energy says it would cost billions of dollars to recycle toxic coal ash in Virginia, and customers would foot the bill. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Houston County, Alabama officials approve a tax abatement for what would be the largest solar farm in the state. (Dothan Eagle)
• A small Georgia town approves plans for its first solar farm. (Daily Tribune News)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators launch an investigation into an Alabama nuclear plant after radiation was detected in water in the facility. (Newsweek)
• South Carolina lawmakers outline factors they would consider if they sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (Associated Press)
• A SCANA attorney takes the blame for deleting parts of an audit about a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

WIND: With tax credits expiring and the U.S. wind industry maturing, wind energy developers along the Atlantic Coast prepare to expand. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• The Oklahoma Supreme Court sides with the oil industry in a lawsuit challenging a county’s restrictions on energy development. (E&E News, subscription)
• Without enough workers, thousands of Permian Basin oil and gas wells could sit idle in 2019. (Dallas Morning News)
• A Houston company prepares to export its first shipment of liquefied natural gas from Corpus Christi. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

UTILITIES: Tennessee Valley Authority’s CEO, the highest-paid U.S. government employee, announces his retirement. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

POLITICS: Bernard McNamee, a FERC nominee with Texas ties, is likely to face tough questions from a Senate committee about his involvement with the Trump administration’s plans to bail out coal and nuclear plants. (Houston Chronicle)

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