Southeast Energy News

The Gulf Coast liquefied natural gas industry is up and running

PIPELINES: A 75-year-old activist from Union Hill, Virginia, vows to keep fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which plans to build a compressor station in her historically black community. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The MVP Southgate project holds public meetings this week about the project, which would run through a watershed that is a drinking water supply. (NC Policy Watch)
• The opening of a recently completed pipeline from Texas to Mexico is stalled because of a dispute between Mexico’s president and energy regulators. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• Leaked recordings reveal an oil lobbyist touting the industry’s success in getting states to criminalize pipeline protesters. (The Intercept)

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OIL & GAS:
• A second liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas produces liquid, and another LNG plant in Louisiana begins production. (Houston Chronicle)
• At a town hall in West Virginia, an executive from natural gas company EQT says the company cares about landowners and negotiating fair deals. (WV MetroNews)
• Texas sees a wave of oil and gas bankruptcies: four billion-dollar ones since June. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)
• A Texas oil industry group hires a Republican lobbying firm to talk to lawmakers about community needs in the Permian Basin. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: An Atlanta nonprofit testing green technologies forms a partnership with state and federal transportation agencies. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

COAL:
• A tax refund to a bankrupt coal company could cost a Kentucky school district $73,000. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Four retired miners and their union say West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies owe them unpaid medical benefits. (West Virginia Record)
• Coal production fell sharply last year in Texas because of plant closures and competition from cheaper renewables. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
• Family members of sickened and dead coal ash cleanup workers will meet with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board this week. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• TVA pursues a permit for a coal ash landfill at a Tennessee plant and asks the public for comments about potential impact on water quality. (Oak Ridger)

POLITICS: A secretive organization trying to thwart voter-approved amendments spends more than $800,000 in Florida, raising concerns about its plans to stop an energy deregulation amendment. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY: Florida needs to evolve its energy efficiency goals to keep up with other states, a clean energy advocate says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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