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Offshore drilling could spur onshore pollution, report warns

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: New oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts would spur energy development on land, raising the risk of pollution, an environmental group’s report warns. (Miami Herald)

OVERSIGHT: Texas has cut funding to its environmental enforcement agency by more than a third over the last decade despite a booming oil and gas industry and petrochemical fires. (Houston Chronicle) 

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EMISSIONS: A program at James Madison University gets $1.84 million from the EPA to work with UPS on replacing 69 diesel trucks with trucks that use natural gas or cleaner diesel engines. (News Leader)

NUCLEAR:
• Paducah, Kentucky, residents say federal agencies and contractors have left them in the dark about public health risks related to the clean up of a nuclear waste Superfund site. (Southerly, Scalawag)
• Preparations begin for Plant Vogtle’s next emergency preparedness exercise, which occurs every two years. (Augusta Chronicle)

COAL:
• A West Virginia judge orders bankrupt coal company Blackjewel to provide more information about more than $73,000 in expenses accrued by its attorneys while miners awaited back pay. (Associated Press)
• A coal mine in West Virginia shuts down temporarily due to market conditions. (WVVA)

OIL & GAS:
• Younger, tech-oriented workers are joining oil and gas companies and replacing blue collar workers as the role of computing in the industry grows. (Houston Chronicle)
• Officials say elevated levels of a chemical in the air from a fire at a petrochemical plant in Port Neches, Texas, are high enough for voluntary evacuations, and a school is closing down. (12 News)

PIPELINES: Union Hill, Virginia’s fight to stop Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers from building a compressor station has pressured state leaders to prioritize environmental justice. (Virginia Mercury)

TRANSMISSION: Environmental groups ask a judge to reconsider a decision to allow a permit for Dominion Energy’s transmission project in Virginia since another court ruled the permit didn’t comply with federal law. (Bloomberg Environment)

SOLAR: Scotland County, North Carolina, officials submit a letter of approval for a solar project to state regulators. (Laurinburg Exchange)

NET METERING: Arkansas regulators will hold a public hearing today to hear comments about clarifying net metering policies. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Amazon has announced it is building three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Spain, including one in northern Virginia. (Winchester Star) 

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators will hold public hearings in January on Duke Energy’s request to raise rates an average of 6% in the western part of the  state. (WFAE)

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