Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Environmental Review Underway

February 10, 2017 Environmental and community groups have raised concerns about the the federal draft environmental review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The public comment period is open until April 6, 2017.

Delay in Mountain Valley Pipeline

February 10, 2017 The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been delayed indefinitely, but the Trump administration expedited action on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

Mine Permit Disputes on Coal River Mountain

February 9, 2017 Coal River Mountain Watch continues to fight mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia. Alpha Natural Resources and its subsidiaries hold four active surface coal mining permits on Coal River Mountain that cover 5,600 acres.

Fracking and Natural Gas Updates

February 9, 2017 Studies have found that fracking waste can have have a negative impact on water quality and that noise from fracking can have negative health impacts. A federal agency is considering allowing oil and gas companies to harm endangered bats.

Miners’ Benefits at Stake in Washington

February 9, 2017 Efforts to protect miners' pensions and health benefits are in the hands of members of Congress.

Surface Mining Banned in 75,000 Acres of Tennessee, But New Mine Proposed

February 9, 2017 In December 2016, mountaintop removal coal mining was banned from 75,000 acres in East Tennessee. Yet other mining permits continue to be issued.

Regional Coal Ash News

February 9, 2017 Community and environmental groups in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee continue to push for clean up of the coal ash in their areas and for access to clean water provided.

RECLAIM Act Advances in Congress

February 9, 2017 U.S. senators and representatives are expected to re-introduce the RECLAIM Act, a bipartisan bill that would direct $1 billion to clean up abandoned mine sites and repurpose them for an economically beneficial use.

Public Frack Complaints Unearthed and Other Shorts

February 9, 2017 Public Frack Complaints Unearthed, Bill to Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Introduced, W.Va. Coal Company Settles Water Pollution Lawsuit, and other news briefs

Coal Ash Cleanup News in North Carolina and Georgia

December 14, 2016 Across the Southeast, communities near coal ash impoundments continue to face challenges in getting these facilities cleaned up.

Settlement Reached for Jim Justice Mines

December 14, 2016 On Sept. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement resolving thousands of pollution violations against Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliated coal mining companies with operations in Appalachia.

Unique Kentucky Fish Protected and Other Shorts

December 13, 2016 The Kentucky Arrow Darter gets federal protection, Tennessee announces clean energy grants, a lawsuit is filed against Johns Hopkins University over its handling of black lung cases and other short energy stories from across the region.

Consequences and Need for Natural Gas Pipelines Disputed

October 7, 2016 Community members, economic advisors and environmentalists question the need for the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.

DC District Court Hears Clean Power Plan Case

October 7, 2016 On Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Mountaintop Removal Mine Shut Down in WV

October 7, 2016 The KD#2 surface coal mine in West Virginia was permanently halted by state regulators after a two-year, resident-led campaign to close the mine.