GRID: Texans prepare to vote on a constitutional amendment to create a state fund to incentivize construction of more natural gas-fired power plants, but two energy experts doubt the proposal will do much to stabilize the state power grid. (Spectrum News)

ALSO: Texas grid officials look for ways to store up non-renewable energy in anticipation of extreme winter weather and memories of the 2021 winter storm that caused widespread outages. (KTRK)

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OIL & GAS: Texas regulators are giving the public one month to comment on draft rules over the handling of hazardous oilfield waste, but documents and interviews reveal the oil and gas industry spent nearly two years helping to craft those rules. (Texas Tribune)



WIND: A Texas resident appeals her challenge of a $10 million tax break for a neighboring wind farm to a state appeals court after a trial court dismissed her suit. (Bloomberg, subscription)


CLIMATE: New Orleans officials scramble to shore up drinking water supplies as a wedge of saltwater pushes up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. (ABC 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.