CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows Kentucky has the second-fastest growing clean energy workforce in the country, ranking just behind Tennessee, and has eight times as many people working in clean energy than in the coal industry. (Louisville Public Media, news release)



COAL ASH: As the U.S. EPA cracks down on neighboring Alabama’s coal ash rules, Georgia residents and environmentalists urge regulators to force Georgia Power to move coal ash from unlined ponds to lined landfills. (Georgia Recorder)

OVERSIGHT: A retired Virginia regulator temporarily returns to the state’s oversight board, which recently fell short of a quorum because state lawmakers have deadlocked over how to fill two vacancies. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


CARBON CAPTURE: An energy company announces it will build a 10,000-acre carbon capture and storage site across two Texas counties in the Permian Basin. (KWES)

COAL: A company based in the British Virgin Islands asks a federal court to approve its seizure of property of one of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies because of its failure to pay $10.1 million ordered by another court. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)


OIL & GAS: Chesapeake Utilities’ purchase of Florida City Gas will more than double the gas company’s presence in Florida, which has been a focal point for the company the last couple of years. (Delaware Business Times)


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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.