PIPELINES: More than 4,200 workers hustle to complete construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline before the end of the year, but still face frequent protests and hundreds of water crossings. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: A judge declines to issue an injunction against a Virginia Tech professor described as a leading opponent against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)




ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Texas, Florida and six other states mostly led by Republicans are charging electric vehicle drivers $200-plus annual registration fees in what opponents say are an effort to depress EV sales. (Washington Post)

HYDROGEN: Appalachian elected officials celebrate the announcement of federal money for a hydrogen hub, but critics still claim it’s a costly endeavor more likely to prop up natural gas than to justify its cost. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel, States Newsroom)

GRID: Texans prepare to vote on a ballot proposition to create a state fund to incentivize construction of more natural gas-fired power plants. (KBTX)

BIOMASS: Virginia officials try to determine the carbon footprint of biomass in the state, but Dominion Energy has been reluctant to provide information because it’s “market sensitive.” (Virginia Mercury) 

OVERSIGHT: An appeals court considers arguments that federal regulators should extend their oversight to include certain aspects of natural gas export facilities. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: Climate change has resulted in warming winters and dwindling snow in North Carolina, which is creating more allergy-related problems for residents. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UTILITIES: An Oklahoma utility is one of only two in the U.S. to receive an “A” in a new Sierra Club report on decarbonization, while Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and Southern Company rank among the worst performers. (Canary Media)

COMMENTARY: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin should stop pushing the construction of small nuclear reactors in the state’s southwest corner and instead embrace solar energy, writes a member of the Appalachian Peace Education Center. (Cardinal News)

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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.