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Bayou Bridge Pipeline gets Army Corps permit in Louisiana

PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grants the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline a permit to cross southern Louisiana, including wetland areas across the Atchafalaya River Basin. (Times-Picayune)

ALSO:
• Meanwhile, a Louisiana environmental group files a lawsuit against the governor’s office and a sheriff’s office for meeting notes and other communication related to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (Associated Press)
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The National Park Service awarded another key approval to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, authorizing its construction and operation under the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GENERATION: A report from North American Electric Reliability says generation from natural gas and renewables will provide enough electricity to offset the closures of U.S. coal and nuclear plants in the next decade. (Power)

NUCLEAR:
• Toshiba promised to cover debt from its now-bankrupt subsidiary, Westinghouse, and has now paid nearly $3.7 billion dollars to Georgia utilities. (WABE)
• A tax credit for new nuclear production that had been included in a U.S. House bill – and would benefit Georgia’s troubled Vogtle project – is excluded in Republican’s overhaul. (Bloomberg)
• A formal complaint has been filed in Georgia, just like in South Carolina, over Westinghouse’s decision not to use licensed engineers to oversee and approve the designs of the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)
• Santee Cooper’s chairman filed a lawsuit challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to fire him from the public utility’s board, related to the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

POLICY: Doug Jones’ Senate surprise win in Alabama has implications for the makeup of federal energy and environment committees, among others. (E&E News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Alabama environmental advocates see great hope in the surprise election this week of Doug Jones, a Democrat, who has clear stances on climate action and clean energy. (Think Progress)
• Amazon now has a registered in-house lobbyist with expertise in clean energy and technology at the Georgia state Capitol, sparking buzz over the company’s second headquarters’ location. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

REVENUE: Louisiana lawmakers added a provision into Republicans’ tax bill that would raise the limit on offshore oil and gas revenue that Louisiana and other states can use for coastal projects. (Times-Picayune)

CLIMATE: States, including Virginia, are going it alone when it comes to tackling carbon pollution since President Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. (Associated Press)

COAL: Nine train cars derailed Thursday in West Virginia, spilling coal into a stream. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The executive director of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation points out that a professor who says seismic tests don’t hurt marine life has ties to drilling industry. (The State)
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President Trump’s proposal to subside U.S. coal would benefit a handful of companies at the expense of American consumers and many cleaner forms of energy, says a professor and guest columnist. (News & Observer)
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The Economist explains why the Trump administration’s proposal to subsidize the struggling U.S. coal industry is “a really bad idea.”
• A South Carolina state senator says natural gas exploration there would lead to high-paying jobs as well as better roads, schools and public safety. (Myrtle Beach Online)

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