Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor replaces regulators who questioned pipeline pollution

PIPELINES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution control board members after they raised concerns and delayed a vote on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in the historic black community of Union Hill. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Since 2010, interstate pipelines have exploded or caught fire 137 times and in 90 percent of cases, federal regulators sought no fine. (E&E News)
Protesters have quietly been tree-sitting in Virginia in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline since September. (Roanoke Times)

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• A county tax abatement deal boosts revenue for a solar project planned in Texas. (San Angelo Standard Times)
• A Florida solar cooperative selects a contractor for its 71 households installing solar panels. (The Ledger)
• A solar project in Brandon, Florida won’t move forward after heavy opposition from neighboring landowners. (Rutland Herald)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy’s chief executive says he will withdraw the offer to buy SCANA if regulators cut rates more than Dominion suggested. (The State)

WIND: Wind energy production is on the rise in Texas, as are the tax incentives that help support it. (Houston Business Journal)

COAL: Black lung clinics in Eastern Kentucky help former and current coal miners fight coal companies to receive medical benefits. (WYMT)

COAL ASH: Tennessee Congressman-elect Tim Burchett calls for an investigation into the poisoning of coal ash workers who cleaned up TVA’s 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• A Texas company will shutter a sand mine used for the fracking industry because of competition in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oil and gas produced on Louisiana federal land and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico offshore will add $91 million to the budgets of parishes. (Times-Picayune)

• Republicans and Democrats are resisting offshore drilling in Florida, an editorial board says. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• Turning algae into energy could potentially be the next big breakthrough in the industry, says an energy reporter. (Houston Chronicle)

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