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Virginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline, citing 300 violations

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UTILITIES: Virginia regulators order Dominion Energy to redo a long-term energy plan it submitted for approval in May because the current one is not “reasonable and in the public interest.” (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline developers, alleging more than 300 environmental violations. (Roanoke Times)
• Dominion halts all Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction after a federal appeals court stays two permits for the project. (Staunton News Leader)
• A vote by Virginia air pollution regulators on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is pushed back to Dec. 19. (Salem News)
• Dominion offered the small town of Union Hill, Virginia $5 million in community investment to build a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has sharpened divisions among residents over the project. (Washington Post)

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SOLAR:
• Solar developers flood Duke Energy with 78 bids for new projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
City officials in Dunedin, Florida approve a resolution to power city operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (Solar Industry)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina regulators will meet this week to decide new power rates for customers footing the bill of a failed nuclear project. (The State)

WIND: The Trump administration urges the Supreme Court to not consider a case involving the Osage Nation trying to stop a wind farm in northern Oklahoma, saying it is “not worthy of the court’s attention.” (Oklahoman)

COAL ASH:
• Coal ash stored in a Kentucky landfill has been polluting groundwater for at least 18 years, but state regulators have not forced the power plant’s owner to clean it up. (WFPL)
• Tennessee Valley Authority promised nine years ago to pay medical bills for anyone sickened from coal ash exposure during the 2008 Kingston spill, records show. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: Two billionaire Oklahoma oilman pour their fortunes into opposing visions on taxes and regulation.(E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: A Tennessee farmer asks a federal judge to cancel an order of possession by TVA to take his property for a high-power transmission line. (The Chattanoogan)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina lawmakers strategize to stop the Trump administration from drilling offshore. (Post and Courier)

POLITICS: Since no other Democrats will head the Senate’s energy and natural resources committee, it will likely go to pro-coal West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin. (Mother Jones)

COMMENTARY:
• Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell praises the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations on new coal-fired power plants. (WMKY)
• Some South Carolina homeowners are being told to decide between trees in their yard or rooftop solar, which doesn’t have to be the case, a columnist says. (Post and Courier)
Rural communities of color will suffer most from pipeline developers cutting corners, a member of Virginia’s environmental justice committee writes. (Roanoke Times)
• Dominion’s offer to buy SCANA is still the best course of action to solve the nuclear plant debacle, an editorial board says. (Times and Democrat)

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