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Power in the South, oil operations in the Gulf being restored after Nate

HURRICANE NATE: Oil companies are working to restore operations after Hurricane Nate made landfall in the South over the weekend, though no damage had been reported, suggesting a quick rebound for crude and natural gas supplies. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Estimated power outages in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia totaled about 60,000 homes and businesses by Sunday evening. (weather.com)
• Alabama Power Co. is bringing in 1,000 outside workers to help restore power following Hurricane Nate. (AL.com)

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HYDROELECTRIC: FERC issued licenses for two hydroelectric power projects despite concerns raised by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, which plans to challenge the decision. (Dominion Post)

FRACKING: North Carolina lawmakers are moving to shut out conservationists from guaranteed spots on a state fracking oversight panel and appoint members of the fracking industry to those seats. (Associated Press)

OIL: An oil company has asked Florida environmental regulators to allow its crews to resume searching for oil beneath the Big Cypress National Preserve after its permit to do so expired last summer. (Naples Daily News)

UTILITIES: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is urging state lawmakers to support his plans to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper, which amassed billions of dollars of debt in the now-failed Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Florida lawmaker filed legislation asking the state to come up with a plan to fund roads once two percent of all cars in Florida are electrified. (SaintPetersBlog)
• An automotive supplier plans to invest $1 billion in its Tennessee facility to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle parts. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A look at SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh, who is at the center of South Carolina’s Summer nuclear project’s multi-billion-dollar failure. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES: Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline created a public mural in a Charlottesville, Virginia, that shows how the project could impact the environment. (CBS 19)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says just like Big Tobacco has done, Big Oil should pay for damage it has caused communities, many of which must spend hundreds of billions to adapt to rising seas caused by global warming. (Times-Picayune)
• A West Virginia newspaper editor praises a Trump administration plan to support coal plants. (Exponent Telegram)
• The president of a Virginia trade union says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be “an economic game-changer” for those involved in its construction. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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