Southeast Energy News

Texas drillers pump excess natural gas into old oil wells

SOLAR: Danville, Virginia, an old tobacco town, is in the midst of an economic and civic revival that’s powered in part by new solar energy projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Media, arts, and education center Appalshop unveils the largest net-metered solar project in eastern Kentucky. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A renewable energy company begins construction on a solar project at a NASA flight center in Virginia. (Renewables Now)
• Developers complete construction of the largest solar project installed on a landfill in Tennessee. (Waste 360)

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WIND: More than half of the nation’s wind power last year was produced by Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa, largely because of cheap costs and government targets to boost renewables. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• To get rid of excess natural gas, some Texas drillers pump highly pressurized gas down old oil wells to dislodge any remaining oil. (Bloomberg)
• Dominion Energy officials investigate a fire at a natural gas storage tank in West Virginia. (WV News)
• Two companies partner to build a carbon-neutral oil field by capturing carbon dioxide in the Permian Basin and replacing oil in the ground with it. (KUT)

COAL:
• A Louisville, Kentucky, utility demolishes a coal-fired power plant that last generated power in 2015. (WFPL)
• Despite calls to address black lung disease among Appalachian coal miners, federal mine safety regulators show little indication of changing policies to protect them from harmful dust exposure. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice criticizes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to close all U.S. coal-fired power plants and calls on the coal and gas industries to meet this week. (WV Metro News)
• West Virginia black lung clinics will receive nearly $2 million in federal funds. (WVPB)
• A Tennessee county will hold a public meeting today about the closure of the Bull Run coal-fired power plant. (Oak Ridger)

COAL ASH:
• Tennessee regulators question the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to leave coal ash in an unlined pit. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The TVA’s new leader will meet with officials from a Tennessee county about coal ash at the Bull Run power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• A North Carolina state senator calls for warning signs to be posted at a lake where coal ash was detected. (North Carolina Health News)

PIPELINES:
• The next wave of growth for Texas oil and gas will be in Corpus Christi, as companies build more pipelines to carry oil and gas there. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• The deadline for Dominion Energy to file an appeal to the Supreme Court over an invalidated Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit is extended until the end of June. (WMRA)

COMMENTARY:
• Without any plan for permanently storing South Carolina’s nuclear waste, there are no guarantees the site will get rid of the material anytime soon, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)
• The natural gas industry has a methane problem and the Trump administration is making it worse, writes a columnist for an environmental group. (NRDC)
• Georgia schools are taking advantage of solar energy to foot the costs of energy bills, an editorial board writes. (Augusta Chronicle)

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