Southeast Energy News

Southeast coal ash ponds at high risk of flooding

COAL ASH: More than a dozen coal ash ponds — most in the Southeast — are located in flood zones and at risk of flooding during storms, according to a report from environmental and public interest groups (ThinkProgress)

MORE: Kentucky officials urge the courts to dismiss a lawsuit environmental groups filed over coal ash pollution at a power plant. (Law360, subscription)

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NATURAL GAS: Fayette County, West Virginia tried to ban natural gas waste disposal, but the state sided with the industry in overruling it. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

SOLAR: A Mississippi pastor pushes his town to build a solar farm on a site closed for environmental contamination. (The Dispatch)

NET METERING: South Carolina House representatives pass a measure to raise the state’s net metering cap from 2 to 4 percent. (Greentech Media)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina political and business leaders worry offshore drilling could disrupt long-buried radioactive and toxic waste. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia Democrats release a statement calling on the state to stop construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines because they are a “clear abuse of eminent domain laws.” (WSLS)
• Pressure mounts on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as pipeline opponents demand more thorough reviews of the impacts of pipelines on waterways. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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POLITICS: Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum criticizes Democratic primary opponent Gwen Graham for voting for the Keystone pipeline, even though he once voted for a coal plant. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill offered critical lessons for creating offshore drilling safety regulations that shouldn’t be rolled back, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)
• An NRDC scientist says Dominion Resources’ decision to cut investments in biomass shows how uneconomical the process is compared to clean energy. (NRDC Expert Blog)

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