Daily Digest

Microsoft backs new utility solar project in Virginia

SOLAR: Dominion Virginia Power and Gov. Terry McAuliffe announce a 20 MW solar project with Microsoft offsetting some of the costs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

FRACKING:
• Kentucky’s attorney general launches an investigation into illegal dumping of radioactive fracking waste from out of state. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• A Florida county on the Atlantic coast bans fracking. (Florida Today)

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CLIMATE: The mayor of New Orleans urges a members of Louisiana’s coastal protection authority to deal more proactively with rising sea levels. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

OIL & GAS:
• Louisiana moves to intervene in 39 state court lawsuits filed by parishes over alleged damages to their wetlands. (Associated Press)
• BP’s chief economist tells LSU students “corrective forces” are in motion that will end the industry’s downturn. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

COAL ASH:
• Duke Energy wants to build a landfill to dispose of coal ash at a power plant in North Carolina rather than ship it elsewhere. (WECT-TV)
• Residents near a coal ash disposal site in North Carolina contest the state’s labeling it “low-risk.” (Carolina Public Press)
• Two new documentaries urge actions to protect drinking water in North Carolina. (The Stokes News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Environmentalists call for tightening restrictions on exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. (InsideClimate)
• A North Carolina fisherman reflects on the magnitude of the White House decision to block oil exploration off the southern Atlantic coast. (Environmental Health News)
• The outlook is murky for legislation in Congress aimed at giving coastal states a share of oil revenues even after President Obama rejected it off the southern Atlantic coast. (E&E Daily)

WIND: A documentary captures how two women work to promote wind power instead of coal mining in Appalachia. (WKU Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Duke Energy reportedly is close to agreeing on using swine waste from North Carolina farmers to generate electricity. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• University of North Carolina researchers say they’ve found a way to make commercial nuclear waste safer. (Beaufort Observer)
• In winning contracts for reactor services at the TVA, Westinghouse says it will deliver “significant cost savings” and enhance safety. (Nuclear Street)

COMMENTARY:
• Dominion Virginia Power finds an expensive way to deploy solar while benefiting Microsoft, but not the public. (Power for the People VA)
Why President Obama changed his mind about drilling off the southern Atlantic coast. (Vox)

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