ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Even as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s scope of work has broadened to include such critical concerns as climate change and environmental justice, the agency has seen its funding cut and its programs hamstrung by outdated state regulations, a report by the Office of the Secretary of Natural...
JAMES CITY COUNTY — From Sandy Bay Bridge, a stone’s throw from Jamestown, an eye cast in any direction lands inevitably upon water.During the summer in this part of James City County, where the county seal shows three sails floating atop a blue wave, the Jamestown-Scotland ferry crosses the...
Virginia’s amber waves of grain are short 40,000 acres this year thanks to an unusually wet past year.Compared to a record 19.4 million acres of land nationwide that couldn’t be planted due to weather or natural disaster, that’s a drop in the bucket. But it’s also about eight times...
Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC has voluntarily suspended all construction activities that could negatively impact four endangered or threatened species, according to a letter the company submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday.The developer of the controversial pipeline through West Virginia and...
Virginia joined 21 other states, the District of Columbia and six major metro areas on Tuesday in suing the Trump administration over its “unlawful” repeal of the Clean Power Plan.The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the Obama-era plan’s replacement, the...
Late summer is the "bloom" time for harmful cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, and some of Virginia's ponds and streams are under advisories, the state Department of Health says.From the Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County to parts of Lake Anna, you check where advisories have been posted here."Be...
Advanced energy jobs continue to be largely clustered in major metro areas in eastern Virginia, a report released this week by a national energy industry business group shows.According to data from Advanced Energy Economy, the largest number of advanced energy jobs in Virginia are found in Fairfax County, the...
The frequently asked questions page on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' website says it best."Feral hogs are four-legged ecological disasters."Earlier this week the “30-50 feral hogs” meme swarmed the internet, an unexpected by-product of the nationwide gun debate.But in many parts of the country, including Virginia,...
Carbon cap-and-trade ended with a whimper in Richmond this past spring when Republican budget additions blocked the state from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Gov. Ralph Northam declined to issue a veto.But in southwestern Virginia, it’s business as usual.In the Appalachian Mountains that surround the Clinch...
Electric bills will go up for Dominion customers after the State Corporation Commission on Monday approved the utility’s request to recoup some of the costs it sank into complying with new federal and state environmental regulations in 2015 -- but maybe not as much as the company would have...