Southeast Energy News

U.S. House passes bill that would block offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A House spending bill passed last week would block offshore drilling and seismic testing along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through 2020. (The Hill)
• Dozens of Republicans from coastal states including Florida and the Carolinas voted with Democrats in support of the offshore drilling ban. (Newsweek)
• If the bill passes in the Senate, wildlife advocates say it would be good news for Georgia’s state marine mammal, the endangered right whale. (Saporta Report)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents ask federal regulators to rescind West Virginia’s approval of the project after repeated requests to state regulators. (Roanoke Times)
• Oil and gas industry groups pressure regulators to back off proposed regulations on pipeline safety. (E&E News, subscription)
• Researchers discover a second rare species of snail living near the path of a proposed gas pipeline through a Kentucky arboretum. (WFPL)

OIL & GAS:
• A public comment period for a planned coal-to-liquids plant in West Virginia is open until mid-July. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• An oil and gas financing company plans to expand exploratory drilling in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• The number of active oil rigs in Texas drops to the lowest number since January 2018, even as production increases. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• West Virginia Republicans and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin praise President Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement, which they say will boost coal. (West Virginia Record)
• Former coal miners with black lung disease pressure Congress to reinstate a tax on coal companies that supports the federal black lung benefits program. (ABC)

COAL ASH: Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally reiterates his opposition to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s decision to close its Bull Run coal plant. (WATE)

WIND:
• Federal regulators plan to investigate offshore wind energy potential in North and South Carolina. (South Strand News)
• An entrepreneur wanted to turn Oklahoma and the U.S. into a wind energy powerhouse, but the power grid is unprepared. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• North Carolina State Sen. Harry Brown is once again seeking a moratorium on all land-based wind development in the state. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: A Georgia electric cooperative seeks ways to reduce rate hikes for its customers from the Plant Vogtle nuclear project. (Walton Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration should implement cleaner shipping fuel mandates to support oil and gas industry growth, an industry executive says. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Louisiana needs to start preparing for an economic future without fossil fuels, a columnist writes. (Times-Picayune)

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