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Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders will alter plans in North Carolina

PIPELINES: Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say they will modify plans for crossing waterways based on requests from North Carolina’s DEQ, as opponents there and in Virginia and West Virginia continue to push state regulators to end recently approved pipeline projects. (Rocky Mount Telegram, Natural Gas Intel)

ALSO: Officials with Port Arthur Pipeline have asked FERC to approve a proposed $1.2 billion Louisiana Connector Project that would supply natural gas to a proposed facility in Texas. (Natural Gas Intel)

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SOLAR:
• Four members of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday said they support restrictions on imported solar panels, but Georgia-based Suniva said the proposed remedies “will not heal the damage suffered by this American high-tech manufacturing sector.” (Washington Post)
• Entergy Arkansas has filed plans with state regulators to build what would be the state’s largest solar farm when it is completed. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Florida will surpass North Carolina and Texas to become the second-largest state market for utility PV by 2022 if three utility companies achieve their intended goals. (GTM Research)

NUCLEAR: SCANA announced Tuesday that its CEO is retiring at the end of the year, making him the second leader involved in South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project to step aside without being fired. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is convening a panel of experts to study how low-income communities in his state bear the brunt of climate change. (WVTF)

COAL: Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy is splitting into a coal company and a natural gas company, after selling many of its West Virginia coal mines in recent years in a move to exit the coal mining industry. (Metro News)

OIL: A U.S. senator from Louisiana is concerned his state is receiving only half of the $140 million it expected from offshore oil lease revenues and will review the Trump administration’s calculations of the payout. (Times-Picayune)

NATURAL GAS: A U.S. Postal Service contract carrier in Florida is adding compressed natural gas trucks to its fleet. (press release)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s claim that he “turned West Virginia around” economically by cutting regulations on coal mining is undeserved(Washington Post)
• Since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast five years ago, the science has become more precise in understanding the connections between climate change and extreme weather, but many politicians aren’t listening. (Mother Jones)
• A Virginia company’s lawsuit against a rail tie manufacturer should bring attention to risks associated with transporting crude oil by rail. (oilprice.com)
•  A new study on the effects of pollution suggests clean energy is literally a lifesaver. (Huffington Post)

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