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Analysis: Virginia offshore drilling would conflict with military operations

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A new analysis found that 94 percent of the waters off Virginia are vital to military operations that would conflict with offshore oil and gas development. (Daily Press)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia regulators will waive a state water quality certification permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Dominion Energy’s CEO says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is still on track to be complete in 2019 despite North Carolina regulators requests for more information. (Triangle Business Journal)
• Kinder Morgan has filed a request with FERC to stop using a gas pipeline for natural gas and reverse the flow to instead transport natural gas liquids to the Gulf coast. (Advocate-Messenger)

COAL:
• Some coal miners are deciding against retraining in other sectors because they are confident President Trump will fulfill promises of an industry comeback. (Reuters)
• Armstrong Energy, a western Kentucky coal company, is the first coal company to file for bankruptcy since Trump was elected president. (CNN Money)

TECHNOLOGY: A recent forum in North Carolina explored ways the state’s military facilities can be incubators for advanced grid technology(Southeast Energy News)

UTILITIES:
• Atlanta-based Southern Co. wants to sell a $3.7 billion nuclear settlement and part of its solar-generation business in an effort to offset debt. (Bloomberg)
• The CEO of Southern Co. says buying a South Carolina power company would be “a bit of a long putt” following the failure of the state’s Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS: A federal appeals court has upheld federal approvals of three projects to export liquefied natural gas, including one in Louisiana, that were being challenged by the Sierra Club. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy has removed about 13 million tons of coal ash at its plants in North Carolina, but about 10 times that amount remains in the ground there. (WFAE)

SOLAR: The number of new solar projects connected to Duke Energy’s grid will drop by more than half this year, which means long waits for installers. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

CLIMATE: Virginia’s attorney general is inviting EPA head Scott Pruitt to the state to see first-hand the effects of rising sea levels, following Pruitt’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. (Blue Virginia)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board questions how Louisiana will repair its coast with only half the amount of annual oil and gas royalties that it had expected to receive. (Times-Picayune)
• The Voice of America says it’s “Trump vs. the markets” when it comes to climate change, in light of the federal government’s possible implementation of import tariffs on solar panels as well as its proposed subsidies for coal and nuclear.

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