Southeast Energy News

Oil rigs evacuate, production slows as storm heads for Louisiana

OIL & GAS:  U.S. oil producers cut nearly a third of Gulf of Mexico output and shut down some offshore rigs in preparation for a tropical storm. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• A French oil company will buy liquefied natural gas from a $30 billion export project in Louisiana. (Reuters)
• Officials in North Carolina emphasize the danger of natural gas in the wake of a deadly explosion. (WRAL)

COAL:
• Lawyers for coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family ask for an unpaid safety violation lawsuit to be dismissed because of where it was filed. (WV Metro News)
• Miners in Eastern Kentucky seek backpay and answers about their jobs from Blackjewel, a coal company that filed bankruptcy this month. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority touts a new water management process at a Tennessee power plant to treat water from coal ash ponds. (Power Engineering)
• Tennessee residents speak out at a public meeting about how to get TVA to dispose of its 5 million tons of coal ash at the Bull Run power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• A rural Georgia community faces health and environmental risks because of a coal ash landfill. (OZY)
• A North Carolina lake has high levels of mercury in fish, partially because of coal ash spills from a Duke Energy power plant. (Star News Online)

PIPELINES:
• The West Virginia House passed a resolution written by a pipeline lobbyist that condemns citizen groups challenging the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A group of Mountain Valley opponents have been quietly protesting by tree-sitting for months despite construction. (WVTF)
• A church in rural Virginia is helping to lead the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Christian Century)
• The oil and gas industry pushes for more criminal punishment for anti-pipeline activists who try to shut down pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy gets approval from Florida regulators to build three more solar projects. (WJCT)
• South Carolina students are helping their local Veterans of Foreign Wars post go solar. (South Strand News)

WIND:
• Shorter wind turbines that are more economical will work with Oklahoma’s high wind capacity, a report says. (Journal Record)
Wind energy generation in Texas surpasses coal for the first time during a six-month period. (Recharge, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Revisions to a North Carolina Senate bill to finance storm recovery costs do not meet the needs of low-income people and benefit Duke Energy, a consumer advocate writes. (WRAL)
• As the coal industry struggles to stay afloat, miners are hurt in the process, an Eastern Kentucky columnist writes. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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