COAL: West Virginia sues Alpha Natural Resources for fraud, alleging it “knowingly” made “false and misleading” projections to finalize its exit from bankruptcy. (Mother Jones)

• West Virginia’s Governor-elect Jim Justice and President-elect Donald Trump discuss how federal energy policy might help miners. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. mining industry reported the fewest deaths in fiscal 2016 – nine from coal – in nearly four decades. (The Hill)
• From laid-off miners to regional economists, few see the industry in Appalachia recovering from mounting losses. (Associated Press)
• For even a slight recovery, the industry must overcome market economics, automation and slowdowns in manufacturing. (New York Times)
• Higher natural gas prices, not fewer regulations, would do the most to boost coal, experts say. (Salem News)

• The leader of a new conservative solar coalition in South Carolina outlines its plans for building on recent policy gains there. (Southeast Energy News)
• NextEra completes the largest solar farm in Alabama and starts selling its power to the TVA under a 20-year power-purchase agreement. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

POLICY: North Carolina’s environmental chief urges President-elect Trump to pull back on regulations and quickly draws outrage from activists. (Winston-Salem Journal)

COAL ASH: The drainage of a coal ash pond in North Carolina draws scrutiny over how much pollution in the Dan River is too much. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• Views differ over how the President-elect’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, will influence President-elect Trump’s climate positions. (ClimateWire)
• The Navy’s infrastructure chief for the mid-Atlantic region calls global warming a “threat multiplier” putting national security at risk. (Los Angeles Times)
• Scientists in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay region are wary of how President-elect Trump’s climate policies will impact their mitigation efforts. (Daily Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: President Obama’s aggressive pursuit of the Clean Power Plan makes it easy for President-elect Trump to rescind it. (Wall Street Journal)

• Hundreds of activists huddle over how to block two natural gas pipelines through Virginia after Donald Trump becomes president. (Daily Climate)
• The owner of the Colonial fuel pipeline through the South eyes expanding its capacity despite two recent accidents in Alabama. (WABE)
• A Virginia county pins its hope for an industrial park on completion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Daily Press)

FRACKING: Growing interest in northwest Georgia has environmentalists and many local officials clamoring for tighter regulations. (McAlester News-Capital)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: House Speaker Paul Ryan vows to reverse President Obama’s prohibition against drilling off the Atlantic Coast and other areas. (The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: Conferees on an energy bill weigh how best to boost exports of liquefied natural gas from a terminal in Louisiana and one planned in Northeast Florida. (E&E Daily)

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS SCANDAL: A plant spokesman says VW’s planned job cuts will have “no effect” on the company’s Chattanooga facility. (Associated Press)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Mississippi decides to allocate $3 million of its grant money on coastal restoration and a public education campaign. (Mississippi Today)

RENEWABLES: A senior Duke Energy executive eyes new solar and wind projects. (Charlotte Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina builder breaks ground on a community with residences certified through the Dept. of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program. (Charlotte Observer)

Alabama Power’s preliminary plans to deal with its coal ash are inadequate. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• The ban imposed on drilling off the Atlantic coast is a win for now but activists are wary of actions by President-elect Trump. (Environment America)
• The lesson from the defeat of Florida’s solar Amendment 1: voters don’t like to be tricked. (SunSentinel)
• Protests this past weekend against pipeline routes through North Carolina reflect a shift in opponents’ strategy to defeat them. (Fayetteville Observer)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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