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Rover Pipeline must pay West Virginia for water pollution violations

PIPELINES: Rover Pipeline agrees to pay West Virginia $430,000 for water pollution violations in the state. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

MORE: Exxon Mobil plans to build pipelines across Texas to deliver crude oil from the Permian Basin to refineries near Houston. (Houston Chronicle)

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POWER PLANTS:
• All five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tell Congress they see no immediate national security emergency that would justify bailing out coal and nuclear power plants. (InsideClimate News)
• The leader of a West Virginia oil and gas association also says Trump’s bailout order for coal and nuclear plants is unnecessary. (WV Metro News)
• Union leaders will meet with General Electric to try to avoid closure of a Virginia factory that makes controls for GE power plants. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• As the solar industry booms across Florida, communities like Tampa Bay learn how to live next to large-scale solar farms. (WTSP)
• With a goal to simplify solar plans, Cypress Creek Renewables partners with NRG Energy to build 25 MW of solar parks in Texas. (Houston Public Media)
• A website that helps consumers compare solar quotes says it’s seen a surge of traffic from Southern states as hurricane season begins. (Inverse)

RENEWABLES:
• Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin pledges to shift the city to 100 percent renewable energy during his tenure. (Alabama Today)
• A blockchain technology company focused on turning renewable energy into cryptocurrency will set up shop in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Port City Daily)

WIND: The winners of KidWind — a national wind turbine design competition for high school students — hail from a tiny school in Bath County, Virginia. (WVTF)

NUCLEAR: SCE&G expresses concerns about a critical audit of its failed nuclear project that is the basis for several lawsuits, saying the report could be used against the company. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH: Florida environmental regulators fine Gulf Power $32,500 for potential leaks from a coal ash landfill that could be spilling into a river. (Pensacola News Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Texas oil and gas regulators may decide in the next few months whether to allow producers to flare more natural gas from well sites in the Permian Basin to help relieve bottlenecks. (E&E News, subscription)
• Despite the public health consequences of methane leaks in the Permian Basin, the EPA is rolling back regulations that require routine checks for pipeline and well site methane leaks. (Texas Observer)

COMMENTARY: A hydrologist tells Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam the Mountain Valley Pipeline has already violated the law multiple times and asks him to slow down construction. (Roanoke Times)

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