Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

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.

Mine Reclamation Pilot Program Breaks Ground

October 7, 2016 A new Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization program has broken ground in Pennsylvania, with additional projects identified in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Agency Announces Coal Bonding Reform, Health Research Review

October 7, 2016 Federal surface mining regulators are revising measures to make sure coal companies have the resources to reclaim mined lands, and are funding a review of surface mining's impact on human health.

Miners Protection Act Advances

October 7, 2016 Union coal miners, retirees and their families are one step closer to securing their pensions and benefits as the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approves the Miners Protection Act.

Dakota Access Pipeline Stopped, For Now

October 7, 2016 As protests continue, the Obama administration stepped in to temporarily block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Alabama Coal Company Sued for Water Pollution and Other Shorts

October 7, 2016 Alabama coal company sued for water pollution, a petition to pause a nuclear plant, the price of metallurgical coal rises and other short energy stories from across the region.

New Federal Water Quality Guidance on Selenium

October 7, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new criteria for monitoring selenium, a potentially harmful pollutant, in water.

N.C. Scientists and State Officials at Odds Over Coal Ash Safety

October 7, 2016 In August, state scientists and agency representatives differed starkly in how they responded to coal ash cleanup in North Carolina.

Courts Could Determine Obama's Environmental Legacy

August 10, 2016 As the Obama administration draws to a close, several regulations set to safeguard the environment and public health are either not finalized or tied up in the court system.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in West Virginia

August 10, 2016 Two mountaintop removal coal mines are proposed in West Virginia, and another relatively new mine faces a pollution lawsuit. Meanwhile, federal courts upheld the EPA's denial of the largest mountaintop removal permit ever proposed.