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West Virginia coal miners say they’re sticking with Trump

COAL: Many West Virginia coal miners still support Donald Trump even though his promises to revive the industry have fallen flat. (Associated Press)

• A decline in coal production and related revenue creates uncertainty for a federal program to reclaim and spur economic development at abandoned mine sites. (Daily Yonder)
• The U.S. Energy Department will help fund construction of a coal refinery with carbon capture technology to support an underground Appalachian mining complex. (Observer-Reporter)

• Amid a struggling oil market, Exxon Mobil will cut 1,900 jobs, mostly from its Houston headquarters. (Associated Press)
• Offshore oil and gas producers shut down nearly half of the Gulf Coast’s production for Hurricane Zeta. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups sue the U.S. EPA for failing to update and enforce rules for flaring, or burning off excess gases. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators order the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to provide a plan for winding down the canceled project. (Virginia Mercury)

• Georgia Power’s president will retire in 2021, around the same time a new unit at its Plant Vogtle nuclear facility becomes operational. (Athens Banner-Herald)
• The refusal by New Orleans’ inspector general to investigate whether a utility hired actors to support a power plant at a meeting became an early red flag for ethics watchdogs before his eventual resignation. (WWL-TV)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators approve a plan for removing coal ash at a Duke Energy power plant set to close as early as 2024. (Gaston Gazette)

SOLAR: A Virginia developer files plans to build a solar farm on land previously slated for commercial and residential development. (Northern Virginia Daily)

WIND: North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland announce they will work together to facilitate offshore wind energy development. (The Hill)

CARBON: Virginia seeks to dismiss a lawsuit against its involvement in a regional cap-and-invest organization because the plaintiff didn’t pay court fees on time. (Virginia Mercury)

• New York climate activist Michael Bloomberg gives $2.6 million to a Democrat running for a Texas board that regulates oil and gas. (Grist)
• A Republican running for a Texas regulatory board claims without evidence that solar panels pollute the ground. (E&E News, subscription)
• West Virginia’s Republican governor, a billionaire and a head of a coal company that stretches across five states, faces three opponents in his bid for re-election. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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