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North Carolina approves Dominion-SCANA merger

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UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators approve the proposed merger of SCANA and Dominion Energy, which still needs approval in South Carolina. (Associated Press)

OVERSIGHT: Southeast Region EPA Administrator Trey Glenn resigns after being indicted for violating ethics laws. (Washington Post)

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NUCLEAR: SCE&G seeks to discredit former employees and a construction company it paid $1 million for a report on a failing nuclear project. (The State)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline protester is arrested after strapping himself to an excavator at a Mountain Valley Pipeline worksite in Lindside, West Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• Groups in West Virginia and Maryland organize protests against a pipeline planned under the Potomac River. (The Journal)
• A former National Transportation Safety Board chairman says if the Southside Connection Pipeline in Virginia were to explode, it would decimate neighborhoods. (13 News Now)
• TransCanada halts work on two pipelines that would transport gas from South Texas to Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)
• Landowners’ challenge to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will go to full trial next week. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A St. Petersburg, Florida family gets its rooftop solar panels up and running after waiting seven weeks for Duke Energy’s approval. (WFLA)
• Jacksonville, Florida officials consider installing solar-powered sidewalks that power street lights or charge electric vehicles. (WJCT)
• A Texas utility expands its renewable footprint in northeast Texas with plans to purchase power from a new solar farm. (news release)

COAL: TVA seeks public input on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of closing two coal plants. (Solar Industry)

COAL ASH: Twenty-four of 26 Duke coal ash facilities in North Carolina violate federal rules for the disposal of the toxic byproduct. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• A Monongalia, West Virginia court hears a case over a Chinese energy conglomerate’s investment deal in the state. (WV News)
• The Wolfcamp shale play has been a key driver in Permian Basin oil field, producing nearly 1 million barrels a day in September. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia property owners with natural gas leases have to unfairly battle the oil and gas industry and state legislature for money owed to them, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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