Southeast Energy News

Permian Basin drilling causes surge in U.S. oil output

OIL & GAS: Drilling in the Permian Basin is expected to push U.S. oil output to 13 million barrels per day in 2020, expanding production more than any other country. (CNBC, Pacific Standard)

ALSO:
• Four families living near gas drilling operations are disproportionately burdened by them, their lawyer tells the West Virginia Supreme Court. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A pipeline and storage company plans to expand at the Port of Corpus Christi. (Houston Chronicle)
• Activists and researchers monitor and record oil and gas emissions in the Permian Basin. (Marfa Public Radio)

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SOLAR: Construction on an 800-acre solar farm in Lyon County, Kentucky will begin in 2021, officials say. (WKMS)

MICROGRIDS: A microgrid that uses solar, natural gas, and battery storage powers part of Shell’s technology center campus in Houston, Texas. (Solar Power World)

COAL ASH:
• Louisville Gas & Electric finds groundwater pollution at four power plants in Kentucky, but many residents don’t know about it or the harm it could cause. (WFPL)
• TVA will hold an open house this week to hear public input on what it should do with coal ash storage at a former power plant. (Local Memphis)

PIPELINES:
• A review of environmental requirements for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could delay completion until 2021 and increase costs. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)
Legal challenges to pipelines along the East Coast make their way to the Supreme Court. (E&E News, subscription)
• Local business owners in Upshur County, West Virginia raise concerns over Atlantic Coast Pipeline work stoppage, which some say is costing them business. (WDTV)
• Three oil and gas companies partner to develop a pipeline system in Louisiana. (Kallanish Energy)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Interior Department intends to bring back some workers for an upcoming Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale despite the government shutdown. (Reuters)
• Floridians voted to put a ban on offshore drilling in the state constitution, but local officials say they’re at the mercy of the federal government’s decisions about drilling. (U.S. News & World Report)

UTILITIES: Some South Carolina state senators say there may not be enough votes in the Senate to approve the sale of utility Santee Cooper. (WCBD)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board questions why a conservative lawmaker is the only one pushing solar-powered schools in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• Natural gas is not a safe alternative fuel and major pipelines should be stopped, a Virginia resident says. (Roanoke Times)

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