Southeast Energy News

Texas natural gas flaring reaches all-time high

OIL AND GAS: Natural gas flaring in the Permian Basin reaches an all-time high in the first quarter, largely because of the lack of pipelines. (CNBC)

ALSO:
• America’s largest oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, grows its pipeline capacity even though it is competing with the Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)
• West Virginia lawmakers travel to China to discuss natural gas trade deals. (WV News)
• Changes in the type of sand used for the fracking process is bad news for one Texas town that has relied on sand mining. (WBUR)
• Louisiana will use $700 million from BP oil spill money to finance road and bridge improvements and port upgrades. (Times-Picayune)
• An energy company moves ahead with plans to expand one liquified natural gas plant and construct another in Louisiana. (Daily Advertiser)
• Federal regulators form two panels to investigate two recent incidents at offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. (KATC)

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COAL:
• A provision in a North Carolina ratemaking bill could offer a financing model to help Duke Energy close its coal-fired power plants sooner rather than later. (Energy News Network)
• Several West Virginia coal mines, including some owned by Gov. Jim Justice’s family, have released as much as 220 times the allowable amounts of pollutants into waterways without being penalized, according to a report by environmental groups. (Reuters)
• The coal processing chemical that spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River in 2014 could harm fetus development, according to a federal study on test animals. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: An appellate court acknowledges federal regulators’ “less-than-dogged efforts” to assess climate impacts from a natural gas pipeline but rejects a legal challenge on procedural grounds. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Dallas pipeline company Energy Transfer and beer company Anheuser-Busch will buy electricity from solar farms in West Texas. (Dallas Morning News)
• Newberry, Florida, will install a 1 MW solar project to help power the city. (WCJB)
• A solar developer announces plans to build a project to meet all the electricity demand for a small school district in central Arkansas. (Talk Business and Politics)

COMMENTARY: A renewable portfolio standard could save New Orleans utility customers money, an energy analyst writes. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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