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)  

ALSO:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
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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