Southeast Energy News

N.C. residents near Duke Energy coal ash sites get new water supplies

COAL ASH: Communities near 14 Duke Energy coal plants in North Carolina have new, permanent water supplies, three years after state tests raised concerns over coal ash in groundwater. (WFAE)

HURRICANE MICHAEL:
• About 1.2 million electricity customers lost power during the storm, but coal ash ponds in Florida remained intact. (Utility Dive)
• It could take months to restore power to areas hardest hit by the storm, utility companies say. (E&E News, subscription)
• Two 80-foot sections of steel pipe from the Mountain Valley Pipeline float to an opposing Virginia landowner’s property during flooding. (Roanoke Times)
• U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production returns to near normal levels. (Reuters)

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COAL: A large West Virginia mine that employs about 400 workers will close soon. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: South Carolina’s governor praises utility-scale solar expansion across the state. (Solar Industry)

NUCLEAR:
• The Trump administration moves to stop construction of a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant. (The State)
• SCANA shielded a crucial review of its failed nuclear project by Wall Street investors and pressured its utility partner to hide the documents, emails show. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• Murphy Oil partners with a Brazilian oil and gas company to develop oil assets in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)
• A company opens a research and development lab for the oil and gas industry in Texas. (World Oil)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: President Trump appoints a lawyer who formerly helped defend BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to lead the Justice Department’s environmental division. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Don’t trust the government’s plans to reduce drilling safety regulations, an editorial board says. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Hurricanes Michael and Florence show how important and effective renewable energy is, says a principal at Bloomberg Associates. (USA Today)

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