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Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers and was previously editor of the Virginia Mercury. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Contact him at [email protected]

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stands in the chamber. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

GOP leader cancels redistricting floor session

By: - October 5, 2018

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, canceled a floor session scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22 after Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, announced plans to veto a Republican-drafted map to fix 11 House districts a court has ruled were racially gerrymandered. Cox filed a status report with the Eastern District Court “noting […]

COMMENTARY

Northam’s energy plan met with acclaim, but how much will it push the envelope?

By: - October 3, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam put out his administration’s energy plan Tuesday, a non-binding planning document that lays out a vision for the next decade of energy policy in Virginia. But it was met with some effusive praise by environmental groups and renewable energy and energy-efficiency interests. “This plan represents the first time in Virginia history a […]

COMMENTARY

Court vacates U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

By: - October 2, 2018

The latest big pipeline decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond strips the Mountain Valley Pipeline of its federal authority to cross waterways in West Virginia, and opponents contend, should halt work along the entire 300-mile route from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County. “Because the MVP’s certificate from […]

COMMENTARY

Pipeline’s federal review is looking a lot less ‘thorough and exhaustive’

By: - September 26, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have to soon figure out how to paper over another defect in the federal permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Environmental groups asked FERC Tuesday for another stop-work order on the 600-mile, Dominion Energy-led project after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond issued […]

New report says Virginia could be a leader in coming offshore wind boom

By: - September 19, 2018

A new report says Virginia’s port infrastructure, experienced maritime workforce and geographical advantages make it an ideal candidate for becoming a hub for the East Coast offshore wind supply chain. The report, by BVG Associates and commissioned by Virginia’s Sierra Club chapter, says the window for action won’t be open forever, however. “A number of […]

FERC allows construction to resume on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

By: - September 17, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave permission Monday for construction to resume on the Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Work on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, which is planned to run though West Virginia, Virginia and eastern North Carolina, had been halted after a pair of decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Gov. Ralph Northam

Northam administration says it will move to regulate methane leaks, unveils other new climate initiatives

By: - September 12, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced Wednesday that it would seek to regulate methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and join a regional group of northeastern and mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles as well as an alliance to fight ocean acidification. “More than one third of all carbon pollution comes from transportation,” Northam’s […]

COMMENTARY

Hey environmentalists, maybe he’s just not that into you

By: - September 11, 2018

Two weeks ago, Gov. Ralph Northam’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice sent him the final version of a letter long in the works — the latest in a lengthy series of attempts to push Northam’s administration somewhere it steadfastly refuses to go. The council had telegraphed its recommendations months ago on the ultra contentious Atlantic […]

Governor issues evacuation order in advance of Hurricane Florence

By: - September 10, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore Monday night. The order is effective Tuesday. “Hurricane Florence has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding, especially in our coastal areas,” Northam said in a statement. “This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living […]

COMMENTARY

Amid another potential sale, Virginia newspaper journalists push to unionize

By: - September 4, 2018

As of Tuesday morning, 75 percent of the journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, both owned by Tronc Inc., had signed cards authorizing representation by The NewsGuild, part of the Communication Workers of America. Tronc purchased the Pilot, Virginia’s largest paper, in May, and recent reports indicate the company may now be looking […]

Dominion keeps raking in excess profit

By: - August 30, 2018

Former journalist and veteran lobbyist Steve Haner, writing at Bacon’s Rebellion, has a good look at the yearly report the State Corporation Commission has done documenting the hundreds of millions of dollars in utility “overearning” since the Virginia General Assembly prevented it from lowering utility base rates in 2015 (the so-called rate freeze). The unsurprising […]

Signature fiasco gets worse for Taylor

By: - August 29, 2018

You might have heard that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican, has been ensnared in something of a controversy over some signatures. His staff helped circulate petitions to get Hampton Democrat Shaun Brown on the ballot as an independent to siphon votes from the party’s nominee, Elaine Luria. However, it turns out a […]