Daily Digest

West Virginia businesses turn their focus to natural gas

OIL & GAS:
• Industry leaders in West Virginia discuss how natural gas can become an economic driver. (WDTV)
• A manufacturer’s group meeting in West Virginia spotlights the benefits of boosting supplies of low-cost natural gas. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Why natural gas might not be the “bridge fuel” its backers claim it will be. (WUNC Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Protestors try to interrupt a sale of Gulf leases at the Superdome in New Orleans. (InsideClimate News)

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WIND:
Proposals for wind farms are growing in parts of the Southeast U.S. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Wind energy has potential off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. (Outer Banks Sentinel)

CLIMATE: New research suggests vulnerable coastal areas can adapt naturally to rising sea levels. (Climate Central)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia county weighs regulations on commercial solar farms. (Danville Register-Bee)
• The stage is set for construction to begin on the first of four solar systems at Army bases in Alabama. (Southeast Sun Enterprise)
• A church in Ashland, Virginia prepares to activate its rooftop solar system. (Herald Progress)

POLICY: How government policy affects energy choices in North Carolina. (Outer Banks Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: An eco-focused, home-building non-profit in Virginia re-brands itself for a national expansion. (Richmond Biz Sense)

COAL ASH:
• Well owners living near Duke Energy’s coal ash pits in North Carolina press to know why they aren’t protected by a higher water safety standard. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Residents near Duke Energy’s 2014 massive coal ash spill near Eden, North Carolina express distrust about its disposal plans. (Greensboro News & Record)

VW: Hillsborough, Florida opts to join a federal class action lawsuit over how the company cheated emissions tests. (The Tampa Tribune)

COAL:
• A new bill in Congress would boost efforts to create jobs in eastern Kentucky hard hit by coal’s decline. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Federal lawmakers clash over the Obama administration’s proposed update to a rule designed to protect streams from coal mining. (The Hill)

PIPELINES:
• Dominion touts progress on multiple fronts towards beginning natural gas service by 2018 with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Daily Press)
• A company agrees to pay a fine without admitting guilt for a natural gas leak into a tributary of the Ohio River in West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR: Two environmental groups seek to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
Norfolk, Virginia strives to turn recurrent flooding into an economic opportunity. (Bacon’s Rebellion)
Santee Cooper’s new solar incentives should go farther. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• Florida utilities are “playing dirty” in a bid to control solar power. (Techdirt)
• An editorial applauds the Obama administration’s decision to ban drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star)
• An editorial questions the rationale for relaxing Kentucky’s coal mine safety inspections. (Journal-Times)
Rebuild Virginia’s coal fields with clean energy. (The Roanoke Times)

 

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