OVERSIGHT: A Texas agency that oversees public health and fossil fuel production considers new oil and gas waste disposal rules as disposal sites move closer to state residents who have spent significant time and money trying to challenge them. (Public Health Watch/Texas Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric-car maker Canoo reports that it’s gearing up to begin production in Oklahoma to meet an order book valued at more than $3 billion. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Oklahoman)

SOLAR: Florida residents organize against a planned battery and solar manufacturing plant they say would be an “eyesore” that sits too close to homes. (WFTV)

• Kentucky residents pack a public hearing to oppose utilities’ plans to shutter nearly a third of the state’s coal-fired power plants by 2028. (The Messenger)
• Jobs related to a wave of electric vehicle and battery factories in the Southeast are helping drive the clean energy transition, but a study finds workers in carbon-intensive “dirty jobs” especially in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma are unlikely to move to these new green jobs. (Quartz)
• Residents of a rural Florida community push back against a solar farm and plans to build a hydrogen research hub and industrial park. (The Ledger)

COAL: Dominion Energy workers remove more than 26,000 cubic yards of coal tar and dirt from a South Carolina river as part of an environmental cleanup that’s been planned for more than a decade. (Post and Courier)

• Texas sues oil giant Shell over a chemical fire near Houston that polluted air and water. (Texas Tribune)
• Transport rates to carry crude oil along the Permian Basin to a Texas port are rising after pandemic-era discounts were phased out. (KOSA)
• A federal agency warns the Mountain Valley Pipeline to treat pipe that’s been left out for years to protect against corrosion. (Roanoke Times)

HYDROGEN: West Virginia officials consider a forgivable $62.5 million loan for a proposed hydrogen production and carbon capture project. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

North Carolina utilities push back against the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to limit carbon emissions at fossil fuel-fired power plants, warning the changes could compromise the grid’s reliability. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• High-profile attacks on North Carolina substations that knocked out power to 45,000 customers prompted a technical conference on grid security. (S&P Global)

POLITICS: A conservative think tank plans to roll back renewables and push oil and gas if a Republican is elected president in 2024, even while clean energy development largely benefits GOP strongholds such as Oklahoma and Texas. (Business Insider)

Federal permitting reform could ease the way for construction of new electric transmission lines such as the ones connecting an offshore wind farm to Virginia, writes a former U.S. Energy Information Administration official. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Republican-controlled Oklahoma is helping lead the clean energy transition because of state factories making solar panels and electric vehicles and creating new jobs, writes an author. (Lawton Constitution)
• Virginia’s rural counties should avoid banning solar development and instead work with developers and landowners to ensure projects fit communities, writes the founder of a conservative energy nonprofit. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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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.