Southeast Energy News

West Virginia relaxes 72-hour rule for stream crossing permits

PIPELINES: West Virginia regulators drop a condition on stream crossing permits that required work to always be completed within 72 hours. (WVPB)

ALSO: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say it’s unlikely the project will be completed this year due to legal and regulatory challenges. (Reuters)

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COAL ASH: A federal judge denies an appeal by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor seeking to delay a lawsuit that accuses the company of poisoning coal ash cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL:
• Virginia regulators are “bending over backwards” to accommodate coal mines owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family that are in need of reclamation. (Virginia Mercury)
• A recruiter for coal mining, gas, and industrial businesses invites coal miners to apply for work in a West Virginia county. (WVNS)
• Murray Energy acquires an Alabama coal mine. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR: A Tennessee solar company will invest $75 million in two Georgia solar projects. (Solar Power World)

RENEWABLES: A North Carolina university will host a clean energy conference this week. (WRAL)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Residents in a Florida county organize with an ocean conservation group to support a ban on offshore drilling. (Herald-Tribune)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia leaders tout the state’s natural gas industry during a visit with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy. (WV Metro News)

UTILITIES:
• A North Carolina Senate committee advances a bill that would allow regulators to set Duke Energy rates in five-year blocks instead of one year at a time. (Charlotte Observer)
• A Kentucky utility raises rates for the second time in two years. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

COMMENTARY: A bill that would lift a cap on solar installations in South Carolina would bring benefits to customers and utilities, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)

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