Southeast Energy News

Oil industry protesters partially shut down Houston shipping channel

OIL & GAS: Greenpeace protestors are arrested in Houston after rappelling from a busy bridge, blocking ships from reaching oil and gas refineries near Baytown, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• The owner of a West Virginia coal-fired power plant files an application to build an adjacent natural gas plant and solar installation. (WV Metro News)
• Permian Basin producers start to see highler natural gas prices as new pipeline capacity is built. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

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SOLAR:
• Santee Cooper could save customers millions of dollars by using solar energy, according to a study by environmental groups. (WCBD)
• Duke Energy acquires a 200 MW solar project in Texas to grow its renewable energy portfolio. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Augusta County, Virginia, officials agree on solar advisory committee appointments as part of their comprehensive plan to look at solar. (Daily Progress)

RENEWABLES: A Mexican cement company will use wind and solar to power some of its operations at a Texas plant. (Renewables Now) 

NUCLEAR: A former South Carolina Supreme Court justice will take over the remaining state lawsuits about the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES: Police arrest three Mountain Valley Pipeline protestors who chained themselves to equipment at a worksite in West Virginia. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’s confident President Trump will protect Florida’s coast from offshore drilling despite the White House saying it will veto legislation to ban drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (Sun Sentinel)
• Environmentalists are cautiously optimistic drilling will be banned off Florida’s coast after a bill passes the House to do so. (WFTS)

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COAL: A coal show opens in West Virginia, and some lawmakers and industry executives use it to tout the importance of helping the struggling industry. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: The Trump administration’s plan to weaken methane emissions rules is dividing the oil and gas industry, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)

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