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States urge Supreme Court to let pipeline cross Appalachian Trail

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PIPELINES: Attorney generals from 18 states, led by West Virginia, file a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from crossing the Appalachian Trail. (WVPB)

ALSO:
• North Carolina’s attorney general did not join the coalition to push for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The Robesonian)
• In eastern North Carolina, where the environmental justice movement was born, residents are trying to fight off the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Grist, Southerly)  

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GREEN NEW DEAL: A Virginia Democratic delegate proposes the Virginia Green New Deal Act, which aims to move the state away from fossil fuels. (Daily Press)

SOLAR: The King William County, Virginia, planning commission tables a decision on a proposed solar project, citing the need for more review. (Daily Press)

UTILITIES: A Florida initiative to deregulate the energy market has divided environmentalists in the state. (WUFT)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas companies are burning off more than 1% of what they extract from the ground, and most of that flaring is happening in Texas. (Texas Standard)
• Two formerly competing energy companies are teaming up to build an offshore crude oil export terminal near Houston. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• Appalachian surface coal miners are consistently overexposed to toxic silica dust, and the problem is worse in surface mines than underground mines, according to new research. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• There will be a new round of layoffs at a mine in Western Kentucky that is ending production. (WEHT)

COAL ASH: A judge orders the CEO of Duke Energy to give a deposition in court about its failure to act on coal ash remediation and coal plant closure plans from 2010. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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