COMMENTARY

Last in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts Wednesday.Expect much of the environmental debate this session, for the third year in a row, to center on Dominion Energy's plans to close coal ash impoundments containing millions of tons of the potentially toxic by-product of...
With the recent announcement that Amazon is bringing 25,000-plus high-paying jobs to Crystal City in Northern Virginia, I believe now is the perfect opportunity to move the commonwealth’s transportation system into the 21st century.Now is a great time to move away from the “more roads” transportation plan to an “all-of-the-above”...
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...
Last in a holiday-week series looking back on how we’ve spent our time since the Mercury's launch in July.Cannabis, Confederates, Virginia's venerable and vexing liquor laws and longstanding problems in social services departments were among the most-read stories Mercury reporters wrote this year, our first in existence.Since our launch...
Yes, you will say I have expensive taste.But it’s not for me, it’s for the children!Picture their shining faces on Christmas morning when they find Santa has delivered 62 Siemens Gamesa 8-megawatt, pitch-regulated, variable speed offshore wind turbines, sporting a rotor diameter of 167 meters each, to a patch...
Republican candidates in recent Virginia statewide elections went all in on a bet with little actuarial upside. They hoped that by hammering on issues that riled up older, mostly white voters they could pull out wins in an increasingly diverse state. The problem? Not only did they lose the elections,...
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who threw his hat into the ring last month for the 2021 gubernatorial race, has evidently been reading some tea leaves about the Democratic electorate's dimming view of state-regulated monopolies like Dominion Energy and the influence they wield.In a wide-ranging interview with Blue Virginia...
In early 1987, I was assigned the city cops and courts beat at The Richmond News Leader. My tenure on that beat coincided with the rapid increase in the city’s murder rate, which at one point was the second highest in the country.It was a horrible time in...
Dominion Energy Virginia employees were briefing a stakeholder group on the company’s Integrated Resource Plan last Friday morning when text messages started popping up on phones all over the room: the State Corporation Commission had just rejected the IRP and ordered a do-over.Awkward.The SCC has never rejected a...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, vacated another permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time concluding that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to allow the pipeline across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among other findings.An environmental attorney who...