Daily Digest

Gasoline lines form as pipeline operator rushes to fix rupture

PIPELINES: Lines form at gasoline pumps across the South as the operator of the Colonial Pipeline which supplies it scrambles to fix a rupture discovered in Alabama Sept. 9. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
Georgia’s and Alabama’s governors issue emergency orders while they and leaders in Virginia and other states lift restrictions on how long truck drivers delivering gasoline can work. (Alabama Media Group, WVIR, Augusta Chronicle)
• The Colonial Pipeline which ruptured in Alabama earlier this month is especially important to markets in the Southeast. (Wall Street Journal)
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline clears a major hurdle with regulators’ issuance of a draft environmental impact statement. (Roanoke Times)
• Groups from throughout Virginia’s Shenendoah Valley step up their protests against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WVIR)

COAL: Mississippi Power says it has started producing the synthetic gas needed to generate electricity at its Kemper “clean coal” power plant. (Meridian Star)

SOLAR:
• Opponents of Florida’s Amendment 1 focus on getting 40% of voters to reject it. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• A cultural anthropologist allied with utilities in Florida portrays risks of an infrastructure shifting to solar and sources of renewable energy. (WFSU Public Media)
• Dominion Virginia Power unveils an 11-acre solar farm in Chesterfield County to power about 500 homes and research how its output affects grid reliability.  (WRIC)
• A local official says passage of Florida’s solar Amendment 4 is projected to cost Jacksonville about $250,000 annually starting in 2017. (WJCT)

FRACKING:
• The gas industry in Virginia pushes to protect key information about chemicals they use. (Daily Press)
West Virginia residents are wary of how the industry is securing and disposing of wastewater to service operations there.  (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH:
• A bill passed by the Senate could shield utilities from private lawsuits over alleged ash pollution. (Utility Dive /Argus Media)
• North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory tries to shift blame for the state’s coal ash challenges to Attorney General Roy Cooper. (WRAL)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Companies operating in the Gulf see the current downturn there extending indefinitely. (Bloomberg News)

NATURAL GAS: A leading exporter of liquefied natural gas from its terminal in Louisiana assumes control of a second supply train. (Maritime Executive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Enthusiasts gather in North Florida to learn how to teach others about EVs. (Florida Times-Union)

CLIMATE: Coastal Carolina University students embark on research funded by a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how climate change is affecting the South Carolina coast. (The Sun News)

COMMENTARY:
• A $1 billion proposal in Congress to put coal miners back to work in Appalachia and solve some of region’s environmental problems deserves support from Kentucky’s delegation. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Florida’s Amendment 1 could cement utilities’ control of the state’s solar market and should be defeated. (Gainesville Sun)
Transitioning jobs to renewable energy can create more jobs than are being lost in coal mining. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The risks of drilling for oil off the mid- and lower-Atlantic coast justify opposing the seismic testing that would precede it. (The Post and Courier)

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