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Texas petrochemical plant explodes, forces evacuations

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OIL & GAS: A plant in southeastern Texas that processes oil for the petroleum and chemical industries explodes, injuring at least three people and forcing evacuations. (New York Times)

ALSO: A pipeline operator in Texas sues state regulators over an exemption it says will give oil producers a “blank check” to flare off natural gas. (Argus Media)

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PIPELINES:
• The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over the Atlantic Coast pipeline in February 2020. (E&E News, subscription)
• Federal regulators delay the environmental review schedule for the MVP Southgate pipeline project due to proposed route changes. (S&P Global)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Federal officials reject $4.4 million worth of oil and gas industry bids from a recent auction to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority opens a public comment period for the environmental impacts of a new solar project in Tennessee. (Chattanoogan)
A former landfill site in Georgia is now home to a honeybee farm and solar project. (Bluffton Today)
• A Texas school board reviews plans for a solar project that would help power some of the schools’ operations. (Victoria Advocate)

GRID: Electricity prices in Texas surged after hot weather this summer, but new generation expected to come online before next summer will likely ease some of those constraints. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: An investor in the former owner of South Carolina utility SCE&G is suing auditors, saying they let the company stay quiet about problems at its failed nuclear site. (Post and Courier)

POLITICS: A progressive Democratic woman is running to replace an incumbent Republican on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry. (Spectrum News)  

COAL: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pushes back against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which touts his opposition to coal. (WOWK)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy plans to build a landfill to store coal ash and other industrial waste at a coal-fired power plant that is being turned into a natural gas plant. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

COMMENTARY: A writer pens an open letter to TVA on how it can improve its regulations, staff and board, and environmental impact. (Daily Yonder)

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