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Virginia regulators to accept more public comments on pipeline permits

PIPELINES: Virginia regulators will accept more written public comments on whether the review process for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline water quality certifications was adequate. (Roanoke Times)

MORE:
• Virginia authorities would not allow doctors to provide medical supplies to a 61-year-old woman who is living in a tree to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Daily Progress)
Russian trolls used social media propaganda to encourage protesters fighting Florida’s Sabal Trail Pipeline and other U.S. energy projects. (McClatchy DC)

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NATURAL GAS: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new gas-fired power plant to replace a coal-fired plant in Tennessee is ready to operate. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy added more than 1,000 megawatts of solar, wind and biomass in 2017, increasing its renewable energy portfolio by 20 percent. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Florida lawmakers denounce the Trump administration’s plan to weaken offshore drilling regulations. (Orlando Weekly)
• Some Georgia residents worry seismic testing and offshore drilling exploration could affect undersea weapons. (Savannah Morning News)

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COAL:
• Contura Energy and Alpha Natural Resources agree to merge, creating the largest U.S. producer of metallurgical coal used in steelmaking, with mines concentrated in Virginia and West Virginia. (Reuters)
• U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin ramps up her Democratic primary campaign against West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin by calling out the fossil fuel industry. (Rolling Stone)
• Tennessee officials fine Eastman Chemical $2,400 for four explosions at a coal gasification facility in 2017. (Kingsport Times)

TRANSMISSION: Dominion Energy and residents of Prince William County, Virginia reach an agreement over a controversial power line. (WTOP)

COMMENTARY:
• Scott Pruitt’s EPA understands the critical role the biomass industry plays in job creation and low electric rates, says a Georgia utility commissioner. (Southeast Energy News)
• Protests against pipelines have widespread support transcending ideologies, but Virginia officials have not stood up for citizens, writes a former Virginia Congressman and the director of Appalachian Voices. (Washington Post)
• Duke Energy and SCE&G are attacking pro-solar bills to retain their monopoly over energy in South Carolina, a congressman argues. (The State)

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