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Official asks to exclude Virginia from offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor breaks ranks with other state leaders and asks federal officials to exclude the state from leases sales. (The Virginian-Pilot)

FRACKING: A Florida Senate committee narrowly rejects a bill that would allow the state, not local governments, to regulate fracking operations. (News 13)

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• Mississippi regulators try to avert a bid by electric co-ops to avoid payments for excess power generated by rooftop solar systems. (Associated Press)
• A new report by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center finds 46 states considered actions in 2015 affecting distributed solar power. (Greentech Media)
• Entergy is testing in New Orleans its first utility-scale system with a battery to back it up. (Next City)

CLIMATE: The West Virginia House moves to delay new science educational standards amid its doubts about global warming. (Associated Press)

• Arkansas State University signs a $15 million contract to improve campus sustainability. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Virginia Tech tries to educate students renting apartments to get smart about the energy and water they use. (Collegiate Times)

Discharges from Lake Okeechobee of toxic water from utilities and other businesses into rivers are finding their way to coastal beaches. (Climate Progress)
• Dominion Virginia Power is allowed to release toxic chemicals at triple the levels considered harmful to fish in the James River. (WWBT)
• Kentucky moves to prevent further illegal dumping of radioactive materials from other states. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Experts say the Nissan Leaf is easier to hack than one might think. (Palm Beach Post)

• Federal inspectors issue 138 safety citations at mines in 12 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. (Associated Press)
• A former Kentucky congressman stresses the need to develop clean energy industries. (WFPL Public Radio)

• The North Carolina Utilities Commission sets a July 18 hearing on Duke Energy’s proposed acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NUCLEAR: Workers at a Georgia reactor look to attract a new crop of female engineers. (The Augusta Chronicle)

• A bill in West Virginia to force property owners to sell drilling rights stalls. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• The West Virginia House approves tax cuts for the coal and natural gas industries. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• A West Virginia Senate committee approves a bill that would give pipeline surveyors automatic access to private properties. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new study paid for by its developer finds the Palmetto Pipeline would be a magnet for new business in the Southeast. (WJCT Public Radio)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: A former BP rig supervisor is found not guilty of a misdemeanor pollution charge. (Associated Press)

• An editorial spotlights several legislative bills important to coal mining in Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A community activist in Florida underscores the need for local and state solar incentives. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• An activist in Georgia shares why she fights for environmental justice. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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