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Virginia approves fracking rules but fight looms over disclosures

FRACKING: Virginia’s governor approves new fracking regulations but a fight looms over public health disclosures. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

FLORIDA: Florida’s Amendment 1 is one of several potentially misleading ballot measures being decided around the country today. (Slate)

COAL ASH:
• In a speech to Catawba College in North Carolina, activist Erin Brockovich calls for communities to press for removal of a chemical found in coal ash that threatens drinking water. (Greensboro News & Record)
• A decision is expected any day in a closely-watched federal case pitting Dominion Virginia Power against stakeholders over ash disposal near the Chesapeake Bay. (Chesapeake Bay Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla says it is ending free use of its charging stations along the East Coast and elsewhere after Dec. 31. (Associated Press)
• A Pulitzer Prize winner who graduated from East Carolina University weighs in on the future of EVs and driver-less cars. (The East Carolinian)

TECHNOLOGY: An energy accelerator in Charlotte names eight companies to its 2016-2017 “catalyst” program. (Charlotte Observer)

SOLAR: North Carolina regulators rule twice that Duke Energy violated rules to connect solar systems to the grid. (PV Magazine)

PIPELINES: The second of two public hearings about petroleum pipelines in Georgia is set for Nov. 17 in Atlanta. (Construction Equipment Guide)

ALABAMA: In what may be the first such study, the state’s energy industry is responsible for $13 billion in spending and 124,000 jobs. (Alabama Media Group)

KENTUCKY: Officials press to complete a statewide fiber optic network to help displaced coal miners find new jobs. (Morehead News)

COMMENTARY:
Mississippians should do their homework before purchasing a rooftop solar system. (SunHerald)
• Regardless of the outcome, Florida’s solar Amendment 1 could light a fire for more forceful advocacy there. (Women4Solar.com)
• Tesla should be allowed to open a retail store to sell its electric vehicles in Richmond. (Bacon’s Rebellion)

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