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Expert says Appalachia pipeline could cause problems for water resources

PIPELINES: A water geologist from West Virginia says planned construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through Appalachian mountain ridges is “the worst” place for it and could cause major problems for water resources. (WVTF)

NUCLEAR:
• A South Carolina lawmaker is asking utility regulators to stop any attempt to charge customers for the abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Although SCANA failed to build two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina and is now seeking to recoup billions from customers, it paid its executives millions in bonuses. (The State)
• Georgia energy regulators plan to take up a resolution that instructs Georgia Power to answer 14 questions when the utility declares whether it intends to complete the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• The Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia needs the billions of dollars promised by Toshiba to complete construction. (WABE)
• An analysis outlines two reasons that support the continued construction of Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant construction. (oilprice.com)

COAL:
• The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi’s Kemper power plant will lay off 75 workers at its mine following the announcement that the plant will no longer pursue “clean coal.” (Associated Press)
• An analysis by the Washington Post questions the link of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed coal subsidy plan and homeland security.

OIL & GAS: Local communities, including those in North Carolina, have long been against offshore drilling, but there has been a shift by state elected officials. (U.S. News & World Report)

COAL ASH: Georgia now imports more solid waste than any of its neighboring states and most of it is coal ash. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COMMENTARY:
• A newspaper editorial board has three questions about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline projects to ask the two new FERC commissioners. (Roanoke Times)
• The Trump administration and Congress should not waste time on West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal for a subsidy to the Eastern coal industry. (Washington Post)

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