Southeast Energy News

Texas Senate passes bill stiffening penalties for pipeline damage

PIPELINES: The Texas Senate advances a bill to stiffen penalties for people who damage or trespass near oil and gas operations. (Associated Press)  

• A grandmother stages a tree sit-in in Virginia to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• Federal regulators release an environmental assessment for the Buckeye Xpress pipeline project in Ohio and West Virginia. (Natural Gas Intel, subscription)
• A Texas landowner is part of a lawsuit alleging that state regulators’ approval process for oil and gas pipeline applications is unconstitutional because it does not provide oversight. (Community Impact Newspapers)

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• A Louisiana homeowner who installed rooftop solar panels says his Entergy bills have fluctuated wildly and are as high as $600 a month. (WWL)
• Arkansas regulators give an award to an electric cooperative for its solar farm that is also a quail and monarch butterfly restoration site. (KAIT)
• A Georgia public service commissioner touts the potential for solar in the state. (WDEF)
• Two Georgia solar groups ask state regulators to require Georgia Power to provide a solar capacity map for customers. (PV Magazine)
• A renewable company considers building a solar farm near its wind farm in North Carolina. (Coastal Review Online)
• An Arkansas county rushes to be the first in the state to power all of its county buildings with solar energy. (Talk Business and Politics)  

WIND: Vestas supplies more turbines for a 249 MW wind project in Texas. (Renewables Now)

BIOMASS: Activists in Mississippi protest Enviva, which wants to build its largest wood pellet mill yet in their community. (Jackson Free Press)

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UTILITIES: Environmental groups organize North Carolinians to oppose legislation that would allow Duke Energy to set electricity rates for up to five years without hearings. (Associated Press)

Millions of abandoned oil and gas wells in Appalachia cause concerns about climate change and public safety. (E&E News)
• Developers rush to build saltwater disposal wells for oil and gas wastewater in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)
• Shell advances feasibility studies for an expansion of a chemical plant in Louisiana. (Oil & Gas Journal)

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