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Sarah Vogelsong

Sarah Vogelsong

Sarah is Editor-in-Chief of the Mercury and previously its environment and energy reporter. She has worked for multiple Virginia and regional publications, including Chesapeake Bay Journal, The Progress-Index and The Caroline Progress. Her reporting has won awards from groups such as the Society of Environmental Journalists and Virginia Press Association, and she is an alumna of the Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative and Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact her at [email protected]

Virginia expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility

By: - August 25, 2022

More Virginians will be able to receive the monkeypox vaccine after the state expanded eligibility as a result of federal changes to how the shots can be administered.  On Thursday the Virginia Department of Health announced the vaccine will now be available to people of any sexual orientation or gender who have had anonymous or […]

Buchanan metallurgical coal mine to expand after deal with Virginia

By: - August 24, 2022

Virginia’s largest coal mining operation is set to get even larger after Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration announced a deal between the state and Coronado Global Resources to expand operations and production at the company’s Buchanan Mine Complex in Buchanan County.  On Tuesday, the administration said Coronado will invest $169.1 million to increase the capacity of […]

Hemorrhagic disease causing deer deaths around Virginia

By: - August 22, 2022

An infectious virus known as hemorrhagic disease is once again causing white-tailed deer deaths around Virginia, but state wildlife officials say there’s no need to panic. “It shows up every year,” said Nelson Lafon, the Forest Wildlife Program manager for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.  A blanket term for several related viruses, hemorrhagic disease […]

With unexpectedly high state revenues, Youngkin calls for more tax relief

By: - August 19, 2022

With Virginia taking in roughly $1.9 billion in unanticipated revenues over the past fiscal year, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is proposing putting $400 million toward a new state taxpayer relief fund.  “The right thing to do is return unplanned revenue to taxpayers,” the Republican Youngkin told members of the House and Senate committees that oversee […]

Appalachian Power rates will rise after Supreme Court of Virginia ruling

By: - August 19, 2022

Electricity rates for Appalachian Power Company customers are poised to go up after the Supreme Court of Virginia reversed part of a decision by state regulators that was key to keeping the utility’s rates unchanged.  “Customers can expect a rate increase, but the amount and timing are undetermined at this time,” said Appalachian Power spokeswoman […]

ACLU of Virginia sues Department of Corrections over earned sentence credits

By: - August 16, 2022

The ACLU of Virginia is suing the director of the Virginia Department of Corrections and a state prison warden to try to force the release of an inmate, arguing the agency incorrectly blocked him from being let out early for good behavior in response to a last-minute change in the state budget that rolled back […]

Coal miners urge passage of permanent funding for federal black lung benefits 

By: - August 12, 2022

With the Inflation Reduction Act poised to pass the U.S. House, coal miners, including those in Virginia, could finally secure permanent funding for a federal trust fund that pays for medical treatment of miners suffering from black lung if the responsible coal company doesn’t pay.  “This is real important to us and to every coal […]

Thousands of low-income Virginians set to get access to shared solar

By: - August 11, 2022

Over 4,500 low- and moderate-income families in Virginia that were previously unable to source their electricity from solar panels will soon have access to the technology.  On Tuesday, Dimension Renewable Energy and Community Housing Partners announced they are partnering to offer shared solar to residents of the housing nonprofit’s more than 70 affordable apartment communities […]

Potential overdoses, death at privately run Lawrenceville prison spur state investigation

By: - August 10, 2022

The Virginia Department of Corrections is investigating a rash of potential overdoses and a death at the privately run Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Brunswick County.  Christopher Ferreira, a spokesperson for The GEO Group, the prison operator, confirmed Wednesday that one inmate died Aug. 6 after prison staff “observed several inmates who appeared to be lethargic […]

Regulators approve Dominion offshore wind project

By: - August 5, 2022

State regulators on Friday approved plans by Dominion Energy to construct the nation’s largest offshore wind farm in waters off Virginia Beach but imposed several conditions intended to protect ratepayers, including reporting requirements for cost overruns and a performance guarantee.  The hotly anticipated ruling from the Virginia State Corporation Commission gives Dominion the state’s go-ahead […]

Potomac River Generating Station/Mirant power plant

Appalachian Voices sues state over release of carbon market document

By: - August 4, 2022

Nonprofit Appalachian Voices is suing Virginia to force the release of a document that allegedly contains an opinion from the attorney general’s office that Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin cannot pull the state out of a regional carbon market.  The suit, filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, claims that the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board, Virginia Department […]

Federal climate deal could force completion of Mountain Valley Pipeline

By: - August 2, 2022

A deal between Democratic congressional leadership and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III over sweeping federal climate legislation could force the completion of Mountain Valley Pipeline, according to a one-page summary of the agreement’s provisions obtained by The Washington Post.  The final item on the summary reads: “Complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline.” Since the surprise […]