EnvironmentQuick Hits: Southeast added 242 MW of distributed Solar + Pipeline Protestors

Quick Hits: Southeast added 242 MW of distributed Solar + Pipeline Protestors

The southeast added 242 MW of distributed solar in 2018

Solar installation crews in the Southeast put up 242 MW of small-scale solar PV systems from October 2017 through October 2018. Florida led the charge, installing 85 mega-watts (MW) of solar, followed by 78 MW in South Carolina, 27 MW in Georgia, 22 MW in North Carolina, and 17 MW in Louisiana.

At the bottom of the pack, Arkansas installed 8 MW, Alabama and Tennessee both installed 2 MW and Mississippi installed 1 MW. Solar power is a renewable energy source that causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation.

Pennsylvania 2019 adult trout stocking schedules announced

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that the 2019 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online at www.fishandboat.com and on the “FishBoatPA” mobile app. The PFBC stocks approximately 3.2 milllion adult trout in 707 streams and 127 lakes across the state. These figures include approximately 2.1 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout, 440,000 brook trout, and 9,600 trophy golden rainbow trout.

The 2019 season will open Saturday, March 23 with the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program in 18 southeastern counties. Saturday, March 30 kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties. A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 6, the Saturday before the regular statewide opening of trout season on April 13.

Recent cold weather hasn’t stopped Mountain Valley Pipeline protestors

Mountain Valley Pipeline opponent Phillip Flagg has been sitting in a tree in protest for 150 days. Since he climbed the tree in October, Flagg has endured high winds, frigid temperatures and heavy snow, but he says that none of the challenges have caused him to second guess his protest.

Flagg and other protestors say that they don’t plan to end their protest anytime soon and that the tree-sits aren’t symbolic; protestors hope to physically stop construction of the pipeline.

Flagg and his fellow tree-sitters are the latest to scale trees along the route of the natural gas pipeline, which begins in West Virginia and runs through southwest Virginia before connecting with the more than 10,000-mile Transco pipeline system in Pittsylvania County, VA.

Some of the tree-sitters have faced charges or fines.  A spokesperson for the Mountain Valley Pipeline says that the company respects opponents views but is concerned their actions put their health and safety at risk.

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