Southeast Energy News

West Virginia gas producer will pay $53.5M to settle royalty lawsuit

OIL & GAS: West Virginia’s second-largest natural gas producer will pay $53.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it cheated thousands of residents out of gas royalties. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

ALSO:
• First responders in Boyle County, Kentucky, take part in a training on how to handle natural gas emergencies. (Advocate Messenger)
• The oil and gas industry paid Texas $14 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties in 2018, up 27 percent from 2017. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
• The Kentucky Senate passes a fast-tracked bill that would reduce the rate utilities pay customers for surplus solar power. (Courier Journal)
• South Carolina’s new solar bill doesn’t protect low-income residents from subsidizing solar energy, legal justice advocates tell lawmakers. (The State)
• Kissimmee will be the first city in Florida powered by 100 percent solar energy if it reaches its goal in 2020. (Osceola News Gazette)
• Florida Power & Light installs its largest solar energy site in South Florida in Miami-Dade County. (South Florida Business Journal)

WIND: Citigroup bank announces it will buy wind energy credits to power its operations in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• TVA’s board will soon decide whether to close a Kentucky coal plant as President Trump pressures the utility to keep it open. (Associated Press)
• A Murray Energy executive visits with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to convince him to reduce the severance tax on coal. (WTRF)
• Former coal towns in Virginia and throughout Appalachia look to outdoor recreation to fill a gap left by the coal industry. (Ensia)

PIPELINES: Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers give Upshur County, West Virginia schools $9,000 for safety, business, and agriculture education. (My Buckhannon)

UTILITIES: A new coalition of environmental groups urges North Carolina political leaders to stop taking campaign contributions from Duke Energy and end its monopoly on electricity in the state. (WRAL)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Florida congressman introduces a bill to ban seismic testing for oil and gas in federal Atlantic Ocean waters. (WMFE)

COMMENTARY: Part of the solution to Eastern Kentucky’s post-coal economy is solar energy, and projects need the support of the state government, three Appalachian advocates say. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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