Daily Digest

Arkansas landowners sue to block Clean Line transmission project

WIND:
• Two groups representing landowners in Arkansas sue the Department of Energy to block the Clean Line transmission project. (North American Windpower)
A utility that serves parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and other states issues a request for 100 megawatts of wind power capacity. (SeeNews Renewables)

FRACKING:
• Commissioners in King George County, Virginia unanimously vote to restrict fracking. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• A West Virginia county appeals a court ruling that invalidated its ban on the disposal of fracking fluids. (Associated Press / Beckley Register-Herald)
• Kentucky residents close to a landfill accepting out-of-state radioactive fracking waste demand a say in restricting its disposal. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

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NATURAL GAS:
• Environmentalists challenge the TVA’s plan to cool a gas-fueled power plant under construction in Tennessee. (Memphis Flyer)
• The New Orleans Fire Department responds to a 20-inch gas line rupture at a recently closed Entergy plant and rescue a partially-buried worker. (WDSU)

CLIMATE:
• This is how climate change and heavy rainfalls are likely to change Louisiana’s flood maps. (WIRED)
• Early research by Georgia Tech and ExxonMobil could lead to a form of reverse osmosis to slash the energy consumption and carbon emissions from producing plastic. (Dallas Business Journal)

SOLAR: A new solar array at the University of Alabama-Birmingham will have a 20-year payback period because the school can’t take advantage of tax credits. (WBHM)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Even after expiration of a key incentive, Georgia is ranked 4th by this survey of top markets for EVs. (Cheat Sheet)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina county and an environmental group grapple with how best to help residents with high levels of a cancer-causing agent tied to ash showing up in their water. (Fayetteville Observer)

PIPELINES:
• About 75 people rally in Augusta County, Virginia against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Augusta News Leader)
• Pipelines planned through central Virginia are a major focus of protests by the “Hands Across America” movement. (WVIR)

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COAL: A coal hauler in Tennessee is fined and sentenced to home detention for providing advance notice of safety inspections. (Kingsport TimesNews)

COMMENTARY:
• Don’t let southern Louisiana become a climate change sacrifice zone. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Leaks from production to usage undermine the relative benefits of America’s rush to natural gas. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Criticism of Florida’s solar Amendment 4 on the Aug. 30 ballot by the Rev. Al Sharpton is half-baked. (Palm Beach Post)
• Southern utilities should buy wind-generated power now. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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