"South Carolina’s Republican-majority Senate advanced a measure on Wednesday that would require the state to block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas as state lawmakers fear the Interior Department will open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling."
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"The Court of Federal Claims dismissed Taylor Energy’s lawsuit to reclaim more than $430 million remaining in a trust fund to clean up its massive 14-year oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."
"The country’s largest electric company says it’s challenging an order by North Carolina’s environmental agency to excavate coal ash from all of its power plant sites in the state."
"A prominent environmental group announced new evidence Thursday that methane emissions in New Mexico are climbing amid a surge in oil and natural gas production in the Permian Basin drilling zone that straddles the state boundary with Texas."
"The kickoff of a big solar-plus-storage plant in Florida — following one in Arizona and another in Arkansas — means that a new power duo is climbing the charts among electric utilities."
"As Mississippi’s governor toured massive flooding in the state, the Trump administration said Wednesday that it is giving another look to a long-dead flood control and drainage project in the Mississippi Delta that had been killed by the George W. Bush administration because of its potential impact on wetlands and wildlife."
"The Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on studies of potential improvements to the east bank and West Bank hurricane levee systems because portions of the post-Katrina levee system are likely to be inadequate to reduce risk from stormwater surges created by a so-called 100-year storm as early as 2023."
"North Carolina’s environment department ordered Duke Energy on Monday to excavate millions of tons of coal ash from six power plants, including two near Charlotte on lakes Norman and Wylie."
"New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell filed a lawsuit Friday (March 29) against Entergy New Orleans, Chevron U.S.A. Inc, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and eight other oil and gas companies, demanding they repair damage caused by exploration, production and pipeline construction activities to wetlands along the city’s eastern edges."
"When Hurricane Maria shattered Puerto Rico's power grid in 2017, it set off the longest major blackout in U.S. history. The island territory's political leaders faced a choice: rebuild the long-troubled centralized electric grid, which had been powered largely by imported diesel fuel and coal, or ditch the costly fuel imports and start over by building a more resilient grid powered by clean energy."