CLIMATE: As residents increasingly flee a Texas neighborhood ravaged by flooding and intense rainfall, a struggling buyout program illustrates the limits of what can be done in disaster-prone areas. (Texas Tribune)


UTILITIES: Florida’s Supreme Court orders state regulators to “explain why it reached its conclusions” in approving the largest utility rate increase in state history for Florida Power & Light, even though the court will leave the increase in place for now. (Miami Herald)



  • Permian Basin oil drillers test a method of capturing and injecting methane back into a well instead of flaring, venting or piping it to market, but advocates say regulators lack resources to oversee the process. (Capital & Main)
  • Oklahoma officials continue cleaning up an 80,000-gallon oil spill after a contractor struck and ruptured a pipeline. (KOCO)
  • An Oklahoma tour guide develops a pop-up exhibit to discuss Tulsa’s oil history and how it resulted in tunnels and art deco architecture within the city. (Tulsa People)


RECYCLING: An investigation of a North Carolina chemical recycling plant reveals the company misled the public about risks and has committed “significant noncompliance” with hazardous waste management regulations. (The Intercept/The Assembly/Carolina Public Press)

GRID: Texas regulators consider new reliability standards to make the state’s independent power grid more dependable while reducing costs. (KEYE)

CARBON CAPTURE: An energy waste storage company announces plans to build a carbon sequestration hub in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

WORKFORCE: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper views a solar installation and a hybrid-electric transportation class during a visit to see clean energy training programs at a community college. (Greater Fayetteville Business Journal, WRAL)

TRANSITION: A local West Virginia official testifies to Congress about the effectiveness of the U.S. EPA’s brownfields redevelopment program. (Mountain Messenger)

NUCLEAR: Nearly 20 businesses and organizations apply to join a Texas working group seeking construction of advanced nuclear reactors. (KVUE)

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Mason has worked as a journalist since 2001, covering Appalachian communities and the issues that affect them. He compiles the Southeast Energy News digest. Mason previously worked as a wildlife biologist before moving into journalism by freelancing at Coast Weekly in Monterey, California, before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News. He wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia before going freelance in 2012. His work has appeared in Southerly, Daily Yonder, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, WVPB’s Inside Appalachia and elsewhere. Mason was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and now lives with his family and a small herd of goats in Floyd County, Virginia.