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Offshore drilling expansion off the table, for now

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt abruptly pauses the Trump administration’s plans to open almost all U.S. waters to offshore drilling as the issue emerged as a political liability in 2020 elections. (ThinkProgress)

ALSO: The decision is a win for offshore drilling opponents in South Carolina and Florida, where tourism and environmental groups celebrated the news. (Charlotte Observer, Pensacola News Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• West Virginia regulators modify 50 Mountain Valley Pipeline water crossing permits so that the project can move forward. (Roanoke Times)
• Residents of a predominantly black community in Union Hill, Virginia, continue to pressure Gov. Ralph Northam to block an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station from being built in their town. (The Nation)
• A Texas House panel clashes over bills aimed at protecting property owners whose land may be seized for oil and gas pipelines. (Texas Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A North Carolina county approves plans to turn an abandoned golf course into a solar farm. (Gaston Gazette)
• Two Virginia solar projects are sold to developers in the UK. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Solar energy supporters in West Virginia will meet to discuss industry developments at an annual event in Charleston. (Williamson Daily News)
• A new solar cooperative launches in a Florida county. (WMNF)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas oil and gas exports were triple the national rate in the first two months of 2019. (CNBC)
• Louisiana will get about $95 million for coastal protection and restoration from Gulf of Mexico energy royalties. (The Advocate)
• Owners of a Texas plantation allow oil and gas drilling on the property to pay for upgrades and repairs. (Houston Chronicle)
• A utility worker injured in a Durham, North Carolina, gas explosion dies. (News & Observer)

CLIMATE:
• Local businesses in San Antonio, including an electric scooter company and solar companies, throw support behind the city’s climate plan. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham joins his Democratic counterparts in calling for action on climate change. (Dallas Business Journal, subscription)
• Chapel Hill, North Carolina, officials discuss how to reduce carbon emissions by making new buildings install solar and improve energy efficiency. (News & Observer)

NUCLEAR: A Jacksonville, Florida, electric utility moves to reach a settlement over its financial obligations for the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. (Florida Times-Union)

COMMENTARY: Outdated policies and bureaucratic red tape make going solar nearly impossible in South Carolina, writes a Love’s Travel Stops executive. (Energy News Network)

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