Southeast Energy News

West Virginia oil and gas production hits new high

OIL & GAS: West Virginia natural gas and oil production reached record levels in 2018, the 10th straight year of output increases, according to the state environmental department. (WVVA)

ALSO:
• The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association says the governor’s push for coastal erosion lawsuits against energy companies hurts the state’s economy. (Louisiana Record)
• An Oklahoma oil and gas company looks to get in on Permian Basin production. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• West Virginia regulators say customers can expect lower gas rates this winter. (WV Metro News)

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PIPELINES: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asks Mexico’s president to end a political stalemate leaving natural gas pipelines in limbo. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• A former coal tycoon donates over $1 million to miners and their families who are blocking a coal train in Eastern Kentucky to protest not being paid by bankrupt coal company Blackjewel. (CNN)
• About $15 million in coal severance money will go back to 49 Kentucky counties. (WFIE)
• Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family continue to argue they shouldn’t be part of a lawsuit in Virginia. (West Virginia Record) 

COAL ASH:
• New testing confirms three Kentucky power plants are illegally contaminating groundwater flowing into the Ohio River and Herrington Lake. (WFPL)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO meets with sickened coal ash cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The EPA is holding hearings today on whether Georgia should become the second state to oversee how it disposes of its coal ash. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

POWER PLANTS: A North Carolina power plant wants to renew its state permit to discharge pollutants into a canal, which environmental groups oppose. (Coastal Review Online)

NUCLEAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority completes upgrades at its oldest nuclear power plant. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

RENEWABLES: Dominion Energy’s request for solar and onshore wind project proposals ends on August 15. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR:
• Solar and environmental advocates want South Carolina regulators to cut ties with a consulting firm that works with the state’s largest utilities. (Post and Courier)
• A North Carolina county grants a permit for the largest solar project in the county. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• Amazon’s new solar farm in Virginia will be the company’s seventh. (WTKR)

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POLITICS: Critics say Federal Energy Regulatory chairman Neil Chatterjee, a former aide to Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, is politicizing the agency. (Politico)

UTILITIES: Some Texas utility customers saw high rates on their power bills after a mistake made the state’s power market go haywire, sending prices surging. (E&E News, subscription)

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