Southeast Energy News

Texas drillers flare twice as much gas as reported, report says

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies in the Permian Basin burned off nearly twice as much natural gas than they reported to regulators, according to an analysis of satellite data by an environmental group. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• Private equity companies rush to build pipelines in the Permian Basin to handle more than 16 billion barrels of wastewater a day from fracking. (Bloomberg)
• A Texas lawmaker files a series of bills to increase oversight of natural gas companies. (KXAN)
• Potential oil sanctions in Venezuela could impact Louisiana refineries. (WVUE)
• A Texas oil company buys drilling rights for more than 100,000 acres in northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas. (Dallas Morning News)

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SOLAR: A partner of Facebook will buy 80 MW of solar energy from a North Carolina solar farm to help power data centers. (Renewables Now)

RENEWABLES:
• Georgetown, Texas officials blame a recent rate hike on inaccurate electricity demand forecasts, not their decision to buy 100 percent renewable power. (KVUE)
Siemens teams up with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to test technologies for solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles. (Electric Light & Power)

PIPELINES: Two attorneys call for a federal investigation into whether Mountain Valley pipeline workers violated laws by constructing after a permit suspension. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster voices opposition to offshore drilling. (E&E News, subscription)

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TRANSMISSION: South Carolina considers a bill to bury all new power lines in cities and towns and all existing municipal ones by 2025. (WCIV)

COMMENTARY:
• Congress let the fund that pays for medical benefits of miners dying of black lung disease be cut in half at the end of 2018, and local groups are urging them to renew it, an advocacy group says. (Appalachian Voices)
• Gulf Coast oil and gas companies avoided crisis after last year’s hurricanes by diversifying sources and preparing for extreme weather, a columnist says. (Houma Today)
• U.S. Sen. Rick Scott needs to work with fellow lawmakers to ban offshore drilling off the coast of Florida, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)

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