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Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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Last Pipeline Victim Dies

LCG, Sept. 6, 2000Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Smith, who lost her husband, children and in-laws in a New Mexico natural gas pipeline explosion on August 19, became the 12th fatality of the fiery blast when she succumbed to burns yesterday in a Lubbock, Texas hospital.

Twelve members of two families on a fishing trip had camped along the Pecos River, not far from Carlsbad Caverns, when a pre-dawn eruption of a pipeline owned by El Paso Natural Gas Co. engulfed them in flame. Ten persons were killed outright and Smith and her father-in-law were taken in critical condition to University Medical Center in Lubbock. The father-in-law died two days after the explosion.

El Paso Natural Gas said last month the pipeline had been inspected a year ago and could not explain the cause of the rupture in the 50-year-old conduit. "Pipeline doesn't have a life span as long as it's well maintained," maintained company spokesman Mel Scott.

The federal Office of Pipeline Safety warned El Paso Natural Gas in a letter dated March 27, 1997, that company technicians had not been properly instructed in the operation of an anti-corrosion system that protects buried pipelines from corrosion caused by natural electrolysis.

National Transportation Board investigators say they found corrosion inside the killer pipeline that had eaten half-way through the pipeline wall in places, but added that their investigation could take up to a year to pinpoint the cause of the tragedy.

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