OIL & GAS: Experts said spikes in seismic activity in Alabama, Arkansas and other states are caused mainly by oil companies injecting wastewater deep underground, which can activate dormant faults. (Associated Press)

WIND: Dominion Virginia Power is pausing development of two test wind turbines off the Virginia Beach coastline due to higher-than-expected cost projections. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy’s pursuit of a coal ash landfill at the edge of a lower-income neighborhood near Eden has sparked protests, a petition drive and friction between activists and city officials. (News & Record, Greensboro)

UTILITY COMMISSIONS: A North Carolina Senate bill amendment to bar legislators from serving on the Public Service Commission within two years of leaving office has been withdrawn. (Charlotte Business Journal)

SOLAR: Residents of Montgomery County in southwest Virginia have access to a just-launched bulk-purchasing solar cooperative through June 22 (The Roanoke Times)

BP OIL SPILL:
• Frustrated by its TV commercials claiming the Gulf of Mexico is “better than ever,” protestors asserted BP still needs to “pay up.” (WWNO New Orleans Public Radio)
• Thousands of claimants in the BP settlement asked a federal court in New Orleans for a second chance to opt out of the agreement. (The Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
• With more clean energy, a director of the Southern Environmental Law Center asserts that Virginia is positioned to meet its draft quota for carbon emission reductions under the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• What to make of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s giving Obama the cold shoulder during the President’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades. (The Sun Sentinel)
• Virginia Gov. McAuliffe makes a dubious claim there are more new jobs with new natural gas and nuclear power plants than from renewables and energy efficiency. (Power to the People VA blog)

 

Jim Pierobon

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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