ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

By Wanda Roberts, Barb Adams, Elizabeth Kreydatus and Denise RobbinsThe cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was welcome news. Many of Virginia’s citizens, nonprofit groups, and legal defenders that fought for years to keep that pipeline from being built, and we are grateful for their tireless work. It...
By Jonathan SokolowMountain Valley Pipeline is a $6.2 billion corporate boondoggle that a Pittsburgh-based fracked gas company, EQT Corporation, is trying to ram down the throat of West Virginia and Virginia.  Boondoggle is exactly the right word for this climate-busting project, which was first conceived in 2014 and has yet...
Virginia's Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are again proposing reforms to the federal pipeline review process in response to public complaints surrounding the now-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the still active Mountain Valley Pipeline through Virginia. Legislation put forward by the senators intends “to strengthen the public’s ability...
Once again, a little fish that has loomed large in Virginia politics is causing big waves.This time, though, the Atlantic menhaden is at the forefront of a change in how officials up and down the coast are looking at and managing fisheries. The adoption Wednesday of an “ecological reference point”...
A wildlife camera captured a photo of a bear and cubs off of Interstate 64 near Charlottesville. (Photo courtesy of VDOT)
Wildlife sightings are commonplace for anyone who spends time on Virginia’s highways. But many drivers are also all too familiar with the danger that can arise quickly when animals venture into the human-made spaces crisscrossing their habitats.Virginia drivers have a one in 74 chance of striking an animal, according...
Mustard. Cabbage. Morning glory. Mint. Sage.That’s not a shopping list for a visit to the plant nursery. It’s five of the types of seeds federal scientists have identified among the hundreds mailed to U.S. residents without warning over the past few weeks, largely in packaging containing Chinese writing. According to...
Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board, which has seen meetings repeatedly attract hundreds of angry citizens and called in police to keep order over the past few years, has created a four-member committee to reexamine the board’s public engagement process.“There were lots of concerns raised during the recent permit...
As the third largest container port on the East Coast, the Port of Virginia is used to operating non-stop around the clock to make sure shelves across the region remain fully stocked.  With the current state of battery technology, however, the new electric tractors on order to lug goods...
A Wise County and City of Norton Circuit Court judge on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s 38-year-old uranium mining moratorium on the grounds that while the ban does deprive its owners of property rights, the state has a compelling interest to do so.“Even the highest rights cannot be...
By Nan Gray and Freeda CathcartSouthwest Virginia's ecosystem is in peril from the negligent construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Our government must protect the water and our environment from the harm of the out-of-control gas industry. Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is underfunded and unprepared to regulate a massive...