Southeast Energy News

Trump administration relaxes offshore drilling rules

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration will easeburdensome” offshore oil and gas drilling rules, which environmental groups say could lead to an event worse than Deepwater Horizon. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• An Austin, Texas utility negotiates a deal to buy a significant amount of local solar power for the first time. (Austin Monitor)
• The University of Richmond is working with a solar company to build a 20 MW solar farm that will offset its electricity use. (WTVR)
• A Virginia school district plans to begin installing solar panels at seven of its schools soon. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES:
• Judges hear arguments for and against Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits in a packed Virginia courtroom. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The U.S. Forest Service wants to streamline permitting for oil and gas development in 44 national forests, including West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A 37.5-mile Dominion Energy pipeline will connect West Virginia and Pennsylvania shale supplies to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WV News)
• A shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia claims a natural gas company failed to take proper safety precautions when designing a 9-mile pipeline. (WTKR)

NUCLEAR:
• Vogtle nuclear plant owners agreed to continue the project but did little to address its rising costs. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A ratings agency downgrades the credit of several utilities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama with financial ties to the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Florida  Times-Union)

COAL ASH: Arsenic levels in a North Carolina river are nearly 18 times higher than the state safety standard for drinking water after Duke Energy’s coal ash spill, two environmental organizations say. (News & Observer)

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OIL & GAS: Texas oil companies spend more than $17 million on a campaign opposing a carbon tax in Washington state. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Vogtle nuclear plant owners’ commitment to finish the project is important for the Georgia economy, an editorial board says. (Augusta Chronicle)

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