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Sabal Trail pipeline future unclear after court rejects rehearing request

PIPELINES: A federal court may shut down the Sabal Trail pipeline project after an appeals court refuses to revisit a ruling that FERC should have taken a closer look at the project’s climate impacts. (E&E News)

• A federal judge stops a company’s plan to take possession of land in Virginia for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project until it proves landowners will be adequately compensated. (Associated Press)
• Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine asks FERC to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline now that the commission is back a full staff. (McClatchy)
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline comes with a $57.8 million environmental mitigation fund that could bring legal headaches to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. (News & Observer)

• Duke Energy customers who rent their homes or have tree-shaded rooftops may get a chance to go solar under a new program filed with North Carolina regulators. (Southeast Energy News)
• An organization that calls itself a national consumer group actually works on behalf of oil, gas and coal companies and is urging Kentuckians to support a bill that would roll back incentives for solar power. (Courier Journal)
A state-by-state analysis predicts how President Trump’s tariff on imported solar parts could harm solar growth. (Greentech Media)
A Department of Energy program helps Florida communities reduce permit costs and cut red tape related to solar installation. (pv magazine)
A Washington Post travel writer visits the nation’s first solar-powered town in southwest Florida.

COAL ASH: Legislation aimed at Dominion Energy’s plans to close coal ash ponds at four sites in Virginia moves from one Senate committee to another that is stacked with utility-friendly lawmakers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein assembles attorneys general from 11 other coastal states and asks the Trump administration to cancel plans to expand offshore drilling. (News & Observer)
There is cloudiness surrounding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that Florida is exempt from new drilling plans and also a possibility that his statement harms the state. (WRLN, Tampa Bay Times)

• Georgia regulators will not reconsider their decision allowing construction to continue at the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant. (WABE)
• Meanwhile, Georgia Power residential customers will see a drop in monthly electricity bills by an average of $2.70 because they will be paying $139 million less toward the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion. (Associated Press)
An audit shows the Tennessee Valley Authority is still not complying with regulatory orders to address employee safety concerns at nuclear plants. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
South Carolina lawmakers plan to question the state’s electric cooperatives to find out what the small power distributors knew about the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

CLIMATE: Officials are accepting proposals to elevate the lowest, most flood-prone road in a Florida Keys community, which would be the first such project in the Keys specifically designed for adaptation to future sea level rise. (Miami Herald)

• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline approval is one of the worst environmental decisions made by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a professor argues. (Winston-Salem Journal)
West Virginia needs to pass a co-tenancy bill that will remove an impediment to natural gas drilling, says the Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial board.
“Clean coal” is an oxymoron and there was no war on coal for President Trump to have ended, as he claims, says an opinion contributor. (WHYY)
Removing a cap on solar energy could lead South Carolina out of its nuclear energy troubles, says the former chairman of the state Republican Party. (The State)

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