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Oklahoma has an oil waste problem — and it could get worse

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UTILITIES: Entergy, Louisiana’s largest power provider, expands its services to include company-owned solar on homes and backup generators at businesses, but critics say the utility is protecting its monopoly. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: The University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary announce plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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OIL & GAS:
• Within a year, Oklahoma could get EPA approval to start issuing permits that would allow the oil industry to dump oil field waste in waterways. (E&E News)
• Contaminated water bubbles up from the ground on an Oklahoma farm, and state officials suspect oil activity is to blame. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Industry lawyers and the Trump administration tell the Supreme Court that the U.S. Forest Service has authority to allow natural gas pipelines to cross the Appalachian Trail. (Bloomberg)
• A pipeline company sues the agency that regulates Texas’ oil and gas industry, alleging it disregarded a law that restricts burning off natural gas. (Texas Tribune)
• Kinder Morgan says construction on the Permian Highway Pipeline is underway in West Texas. (KVUE)

SOLAR:
• Construction begins on a solar project in southeast Arkansas that’s expected to produce enough energy to power 18,000 homes. (Associated Press)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority seeks public input on a proposed 150 MW solar power purchase agreement in Tennessee. (Power Engineering)

COAL ASH:
• Dominion Energy says it’s on track to meet the mandates Virginia lawmakers set for closing coal ash ponds. (Associated Press)
• On Dec. 11, the Tennessee Valley Authority will hold a public meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, about its coal ash management. (WATE)

POLITICS: The U.S. Senate confirms Dan Brouillette, a Louisiana native, as head of the Department of Energy. (The Advocate)

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