Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

Coal Ash Storage and Cleanup Problems Continue Across the Southeast

April 12, 2017 Across the Southeast, problems related to the cleanup and storage of coal ash continue to plague area residents.

Reversing Climate Change Policies

April 12, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reversing much of the progress President Obama made towards addressing the realities of climate change. The order calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to overturn the Clean Power Plan, but it will do little to revive the struggling coal industry.

Mine Safety, Water Quality Targeted in West Virginia Bills

April 12, 2017 Bills before the West Virginia legislature threaten to diminish mine safety and water quality protections. The measures were proposed by industry groups.

Solar Jobs on the Rise

April 12, 2017 By Elizabeth E. Payne In 2016, a record number of jobs were created to make, sell and install solar panels across the United States, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation. There were 260,077 jobs in the solar industry last year, representing a nearly 25 percent increase from the year before. According the […]

Retired Miners Face Possible Loss of Benefits and Other Shorts

April 12, 2017 Retired coal miners face possible loss of benefits, a Duke University study reveals coal ash byproducts in area fish, The U.S. State Department approves the Keystone XL pipeline and other shorts from The Energy Report.

VA County Bans Fracking, Maryland Close Behind

April 12, 2017 Augusta County, Va., became the first county in the commonwealth to ban fracking, and the state of Maryland is close behind.

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