Southeast Energy News

West Virginia rewrites rules after court revokes pipeline permit

PIPELINES: West Virginia environmental regulators are rewriting rules to allow construction to continue after a federal appeals court revoked a Mountain Valley Pipeline permit. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

ALSO: Stoneville, North Carolina becomes the state’s second local government to pass a resolution opposing a Mountain Valley Pipeline extension. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Several Virginia homeowners say they spent thousands of dollars on solar panels they never received. (NBC4)
• Culpeper, Virginia officials approve the city’s first solar farm. (Culpeper Star–Exponent)
• Ringgold, Georgia has to extend the construction time of a solar project due to cost increases. (Northwest Georgia News)

WIND:
• A Texas community begins construction on 46 more wind turbines, which officials say could power 43,000 homes. (KRGV)
• Two brothers establish San Antonio’s first wind energy company. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy rolls out energy efficiency proposals under a new law, but some initiatives already existed. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, subscription)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups say a second Duke Energy coal ash site leaked arsenic in North Carolina rivers after they flooded during Hurricane Florence. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• Lawyers representing West Virginia landowners in a series of oil and gas operation nuisance cases ask a Supreme Court Justice to recuse himself over a conflict of interest. (WVPB)
• Two Houston pipeline companies form a partnership to build a crude oil pipeline system in the Permian Basin. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Gullah/Geechee community in South Carolina raises concerns about the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• While the nation’s attention has moved on from Hurricane Florence, coal ash spills in North Carolina demonstrate the damage caused by lax environmental regulations, an editorial board says. (USA Today)
• Offshore oil and gas exploration can provide Florida the economic boon it needs, says the president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. (Sun Sentinel)
• An electric transportation company promotes a campaign to electrify Texas school buses with Volkswagen settlement money. (CleanTechnica)

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