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Mountain Valley Pipeline developers sue landowners for access

PIPELINES: Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project filed a federal lawsuit against hundreds of landowners in Virginia to initiate acquiring easements through eminent domain. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO:
• Twenty citizen groups are asking West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to devote “ample resources” to the state’s review of the water quality effects of the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Environmental groups say Virginia regulators should deny water permits for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• North Carolina officials are requesting modifications to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project related to its plans to cross a small number of bodies of water. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A trade association in Virginia is fighting the closure of the Colonial Pipeline while preparing to obtain fuel and diesel from pipelines farther away. (News & Advance)
• There is interest among some shippers to reverse the Capline oil pipeline, which would carry Canadian heavy crude supply to the Gulf Coast for potential refining or export. (Natural Gas Intel)
• A recent forum titled “Health Implications of Energy Choices in Southwest Virginia” focused in large part on the potential risks of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. (Roanoke Times)

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NUCLEAR:
• An in-depth look at twin nuclear projects helps explain why South Carolina’s Summer plant failed and Georgia’s Vogtle plant is still afloat, and shows “how money and political power triumphed over incompetence.” (Post and Courier)
• Meanwhile, top executives from South Carolina’s SCANA utility company have donated to campaigns of elected utility regulators in Georgia. (Post and Courier)
• It is unclear whether SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh still holds his position following an accusation that the South Carolina utility offered his ouster to broker a deal with lawmakers. (Post and Courier)

UTILITIES: Florida Power & Light is seeking to recoup an estimated $1.3 billion from customers to cover the costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma. (Orlando Weekly)

OIL:
• Record levels of crude oil are leaving from Texas and Louisiana ports and more growth in the U.S. oil export market may test the limits of related infrastructure. (New York Times)
• About 672,000 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline in Gulf waters off Louisiana’s coast, but hardly any of it was visible. (New York Times)

NATURAL GAS: Ohio’s Mountaineer NGL Storage said it is planning to invest $150 million over the next several years in an Appalachian storage facility that officials say would benefit West Virginia. (Exponent Telegram)

EFFICIENCY: South Carolina companies tout ways to improve energy efficiency of new homes without escalating upfront construction costs. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR: The final deadline is Wednesday for taxpayers in Louisiana to submit supporting documents to claim the state’s tax credit for residential solar energy systems. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolina-based SCANA misled investors and state regulators while charging customers billions for the now-failed Summer nuclear project, but short-sighted legislative action could continue hurting ratepayers. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project should be preserved until independent engineers determine if it can be made functional. (Post and Courier)
• An editorial board in West Virginia praises North Carolina’s renewable energy efforts. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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