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Pipeline opponents flood FERC with requests for new hearings

PIPELINES: Dozens of groups and individuals are challenging FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, asking the commission to revisit seemingly every aspect of the orders approving the projects. (Natural Gas Intel)

• Opponents of three proposed natural gas pipeline projects in the Southeast have asked a federal appeals court to reject FERC’s request to reverse a court decision to vacate project permits. (Natural Gas Intel)
• The NAACP says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through North Carolina would hurt black residents most. (News & Observer)

CARBON TRADING: Virginia regulators will seek approval on Thursday of a draft proposed rule that would cap and reduce the state’s emissions while joining nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Virginia has become a member of the Under2 Coalition, joining other states in a commitment to take action on climate change during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Germany. (news release)

• South Carolina House lawmakers advanced legislation Tuesday to change state utility regulations, including cutting off $37 million in monthly payments to investor-owned SCANA following the failure of the Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that maintenance is needed for nuclear reactor parts at the abandoned Summer plant, a week after SCANA told state regulators they would stop maintaining the site by year’s end. (The State)

OIL & NATURAL GAS: The International Energy Agency said Tuesday that the supply surge from U.S. shale oil and gas will beat the biggest gains seen in the industry’s history. (Bloomberg)

LG&E and KU Energy plan to shut down a coal-burning plant in Kentucky, citing efficiency and financial reasons. (Louisville Courier Journal)
• A new report from the Georgia Water Coalition criticizes the EPA for delaying new rules limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• A look at Appalachia’s coal country one year after Donald Trump won the presidency in part by promising to revive the industry. (E&E News)

• Florida is leading the nation in solar permits for homes, according to a new report. (WUSF)
• Developers are asking regulators to take action against Duke Energy rules that they say would kill solar projects in South Carolina worth hundreds of millions of dollars. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

GRID: State regulators approved the first phase of Appalachian Power’s plan to improve its transmission grid in a Virginia county. (Bristol Herald Courier)

OIL: More than $100 million is being awarded to projects in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to remedy natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (news release)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia’s $84 billion shale gas deal with China is part of a major economic shift in the oil and gas industry and the state is right to capitalize on its good geological fortune. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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