Vivian Thomson is a retired University of Virginia professor of environmental science and politics and a former member of the State Air Pollution Control Board. She is the author of "Climate of Capitulation: An Insider's Account of State Power in a Coal Nation," and the producer of The Meaning of Green, an environmental podcast.
DEQ’s failure on compressor station review is another sign new leadership is needed
By: Vivian Thomson - January 9, 2020
On Jan. 7, 2019, I posed the following question about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station proposed for Union Hill: “Is an African-American community in rural Virginia the right place to put a massive compressor station for a natural gas pipeline? This is the question the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board will consider at its […]
How will air board weigh site ‘suitability’ on major compressor station vote?
By: Vivian Thomson - January 7, 2019
Is an African-American community in rural Virginia the right place to put a massive compressor station for a natural gas pipeline? This is the question the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board will consider at its meeting Tuesday. The compressor for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of only three along the 600-mile planned pipeline route […]
A governor meddles with the air board as it weighs a Dominion Energy permit and a former member gets déjà vu
By: Vivian Thomson - November 19, 2018
Sadly, Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision last week to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, even as the board considers a crucial permit that would allow a compressor station for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is far from an anomaly. Between 2006 and 2010, during my second term on the air board, […]