Southeast Energy News

Study: Fracking in Texas linked to some earthquakes

OIL & GAS: Some earthquakes in the Permian Basin in Texas are caused by hydraulic fracturing activity, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. (Houston Chronicle) 

ALSO: A slump in oil prices has brought job creation around the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin to a halt and led to a steady trickle of layoffs. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE:
• A Florida Republican says a recent climate change discussion in the legislature reflects a new generation of conservatives “who aren’t so much in denial about some of these issues.” (WJCT)
• Candidates for city offices in Savannah, Georgia participate in a forum on climate change. (Savannah Morning News)

SOLAR:
• The deadline for comments on Kentucky’s net metering law change has passed, but residents can speak at a public hearing in November. (WFPL)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative plans to cut customers’ electric bills by 4.6% after adding enough solar capacity to reduce its costs. (PV Magazine) 

RENEWABLES:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority seeks public comment on an environmental assessment of its signature renewable energy program after the utility’s board voted to shut the program down earlier this year. (Bowling Green Daily News)
• A Virginia clean energy company is building a new solar-powered, high efficiency headquarters in Charlottesville. (Daily Progress)

UTILITIES: Southwestern Electric Power Company’s move to raise rates by 8.8%, or $8.54 per month, is approved by Arkansas regulators. (Talk Business & Politics)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the federal government does not have to restart construction on a nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina. (Post and Courier) 

TRANSPORTATION: A recent report on rising pollution from car traffic revives debate over whether Florida should have scrapped its emissions testing program. (WLRN)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a case in which North Carolina regulators challenge Transco’s pipeline expansions in the state. (S&P Global)
• The Mountaineer Gas pipeline in northern West Virginia prepares to receive gas and start serving customers. (Morgan Messenger)

COAL: An emergency job fair is held in Eastern Kentucky in response to coal mine layoffs in the area. (WYMT)

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