Southeast Energy News

Trump signs executive orders to speed up pipeline development

PIPELINES: While in Texas, President Trump signs two executive orders to make it easier for companies to build oil and gas pipelines and harder for state agencies to intervene in the process. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS:
• Shell sells its stake in a Gulf of Mexico oil field for $965 million to a subsidiary of an Israeli company. (Reuters)
• President Trump wants to allow natural gas to be shipped by rail, which would raise the risk of catastrophic accidents if one were to derail. (Bloomberg)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Researchers try to monitor and contain a 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (WNNO)
• A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit by the oil company responsible for that leak, which wanted back $432 million it set aside for plugging leaking Gulf of Mexico oil wells. (WWL-TV)
• A South Carolina eighth grader urges the state to fight the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan, but lawmakers are at odds about it. (The State)

UTILITIES: Georgia Power defends its decision to keep two coal-fired power plants online as it expands renewables over the next 20 years. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
• Spotsylvania County, Virginia, officials approve a permit for the first section of a massive solar project. (Community Idea Stations)
• A solar project launches in Lafayette, Alabama. (WTVM)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina environmental regulators will hold a public meeting to discuss expansion of clean energy technologies like energy efficiency and clean transportation. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: Georgia’s timber industry presses energy regulators to make sure biomass gets more use by Georgia Power. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL ASH: Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts discusses coal ash cleanup in North Carolina. (WUNC)

COMMENTARY: North Carolina law allows Duke Energy to charge customers for solar deals, and the utility is trying to lessen the burden, writes a conservative think tank fellow. (Salisbury Post)

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