ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Environmental groups are again raising alarms about levels of fecal bacteria in Shenandoah Valley waterways from livestock and poultry operations and calling on state agencies to do a better job of warning inland swimmers about the risks, as they do at 46 coastal beaches. Citing Virginia Department of Environmental Quality...
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam joined other state leaders in the Chesapeake Bay watershed Thursday to call for a $1 billion federal investment in the decades-long cleanup of the nation’s largest estuary, which is facing a 2025 deadline for major pollution reductions.  This “significant and much needed infusion of new funds...
State regulators’ blessing of Dominion Energy’s first annual plan for how it will meet the ambitious renewables targets set by the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act has sounded the starting bell of Virginia’s race to decarbonize its electric grid by midcentury. In rulings handed down April 30, the State Corporation...
Although plans to replace Virginia school districts’ diesel buses with electric ones have foundered in the General Assembly, the state is moving forward with bus electrification plans using money from Volkswagen’s so-called “Dieselgate” scandal.  On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced it would make $20 million of the state’s Volkswagen...
By Skip Stiles About this time, every four years, I am reminded of the cruel trick that Virginia’s Constitution plays on those of us working on the commonwealth’s nagging issues. It seems we’re just making progress when our one-term, four-year governor has to leave office.  Virginia’s short, single term for governor...
By Beth Kreydatus State agencies have good reasons to uphold regulatory standards when fossil fuel developers propose big new projects in Virginia. First of all, it’s the law. But after watching the destructive chaos unfold in Texas this February, we know that regulations protect citizens from significant economic risks and ensure...
The future of the proposed C4GT natural gas plant in Charles City County looks increasingly uncertain as the expiration date for a major state certification passes without significant construction and county officials ask plant developers to give back the land on which the facility is planned to be built. Under...
A year and a half after a federal court overturned a state air permit allowing pipeline developers to construct a gas compressor station in the majority-Black community of Union Hill on the grounds that environmental justice concerns hadn’t been adequately considered, the ruling continues to cast a long shadow...
Virginia’s wildlife agency is proposing major restrictions on keeping native reptiles and amphibians as pets. The proposals would ban the keeping of box turtles altogether.  Box turtles are colorful, softball-sized reptiles that have been popular pets for generations of Virginians. But wildlife officials say the animals have become imperiled by...
By Freeda Cathcart Dominion Energy shareholders today have an opportunity to vote on a shareholder resolution calling for a full disclosure of the company's lobbying activities and expenditures. “We believe in full disclosure of Dominion’s direct and indirect lobbying activities and expenditures to assess whether Dominion’s lobbying is consistent with its...