COMMENTARY

On Dec. 13, the State Water Control Board passed a motion requiring that a hearing be held to consider whether the water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline  should be revoked.It is now more than eight weeks later and still no date for the hearing has been announced.Meanwhile,...
Gov. Ralph Northam is in full-fledged image rehabilitation mode, appearing in a nationally televised interview on CBS Sunday night and pledging himself to racial reconciliation in the wake of the furor over a racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday night that...
On a springlike winter day, my wife and I walked through Maymont, chatted there with a happy family from Guatemala, then headed to North Richmond for a late lunch.As we zipped along the Boulevard, we saw the "flaggers," men and women who fly Confederate flags to protest ... something.We...
Virginia won’t enter the nine-state carbon emissions trading program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until 2020 under regulations being finalized by the state, but debate about how much it might cost utility ratepayers is already heating up.Estimates range from little or no cost — or even...
Dominion Energy's 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, planned to run from West Virginia, through the heart of Virginia and into North Carolina, has seen its costs balloon by another $1 billion and won't be fully in service until 2021, the company says.And some analysts are questioning whether it will get...
For all the theater of the absurd on display Saturday during Gov. Ralph Northam's bumbling, stumbling news conference — Michael Jackson, moonwalking and shoe polish are just some of the cringeworthy moments — the whole thing really came down to one question.If, as Northam says, he's not either of...
Gerrymandering in the House of Representatives is intentional, while in the Senate it is accidental. The resulting dysfunction in both chambers equally corrupts our republic, violates the founders’ intent  and demands an overhaul.The current government shutdown results as much from presidential pandering as from senatorial submission to his shenanigans....
Republicans and Democrats, and perhaps most importantly, Dominion Energy, appear to have struck an accord that will ensure that some 30 million tons of coal ash at four sites around the state won't be left to leak heavy metals and other contaminants into waterways.The deal was rolled out by...
A strange thing happened at the House Commerce and Labor Committee Tuesday.A sweeping and ambitious (probably overly so) bill by Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, that would dramatically overhaul Virginia's energy landscape made it out of the GOP-controlled committee over the fervent opposition of utilities and energy interests that generally...
After a vote on what had become Virginia's most high-profile environmental justice issue — the contentious natural gas compressor station proposed for Buckingham County by Dominion Energy as part of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline  — Gov. Ralph Northam is reconstituting an advisory council that urged him last year to...