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Don Blankenship declares himself a ‘political prisoner’

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COAL: Imprisoned former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship paints himself as an “American political prisoner” in a lengthy brochure posted to his web site. (Fortune)

ALSO:
Arch Coal emerges from bankruptcy with 7% of its pre-filing debt. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe promotes results of a state-backed program by to export coal processing equipment. (Augusta Free Press)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups reach a settlement with Duke Energy requiring the removal of all ash at its Buck facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

SOLAR:
SolarCity expands its residential business into South Carolina. (Solar Industry)
• A free tour of homes and businesses in Lousiville equipped with solar power systems is slated for Saturday. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

UTILITIES: A group organized by the Sierra Club speaks out against Dominion Virginia Power’s heavy reliance on natural gas and nuclear in its proposed Integrated Resource Plan. (Augusta Free Press)

PIPELINES:
Federal regulators approve construction of a Transco natural gas pipeline to serve a large Dominion Virginia Power power plant. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
Citizens in a West Virginia county seize on report finding neither the Atlantic Coast nor Mountain Valley pipelines are needed. (Morgan County USA)
Twenty-three people are arrested in pipeline protests at the Virginia governor’s mansion. (Augusta Free Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Members of North Carolina’s League of Conservation Voters focus on keeping their guard up against seismic testing for offshore drilling. (Lumina News)

WEST VIRGINIA:
• A Senate hearing in Logan refreshes deep divisions over whether to help preserve coal or focus the state’s economy on cleaner energy sources. (Associated Press)
West Virginia University researchers see signs the state’s economy is beginning to improve. (The Exponent Telegram)
• The state’s tax collections continue to fall from projected levels due increasingly to low natural gas prices. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

NUCLEAR:
• A decision looms on whether Duke Energy will receive a construction and operating license for two proposed reactors North Carolina’s Cherokee County. (Gaffney Ledger)
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good touts nuclear’s role in lowering carbon emissions. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Here is how the TVA is recruiting and training the next generation of its engineers. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

POLICY: Advanced Energy Economy partners with Microsoft to offer a new predictive policy tool to support legislative advocacy at the state level. (Advanced Energy Economy)

COMMENTARY: Dominion Virginia Power CEO Robert Blue makes the case for a high-voltage transmission line it wants to serve the state’s Peninsula. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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