ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

A week after a federal appeals court in Richmond struck down a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross U.S. Forest Service land, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered a halt to work on the entire project."MVP is hereby notified that construction activity along all portions...
Dominion Energy has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission for approval of a long-anticipated pilot offshore wind project.The company, which announced last summer that it would move forward with the project after letting a $40 million federal grant for offshore wind lapse the year before, seeks permission...
BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7.“I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads.And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has upheld Virginia's much-criticized water quality review for Mountain Valley Pipeline, one of two large natural gas pipeline projects proceeding in the state.The panel of judges rejected arguments from the Sierra Club and other organizations that the State...
Ongoing legal fights and permitting questions aside, construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia is in full swing. Hundreds of workers have flooded into the state to clear trees and install massive sections of 42-inch pipe.These photos show the state of construction in Montgomery County, where workers are...
In a significant victory for environmental groups and other opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has vacated approvals that allowed the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, which is currently under construction, to cross the Jefferson National Forest near the...
The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a largely positive assessment Friday of efforts to stem the flow of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Cutting those pollutants from farms, sewage treatment plants and municipal and suburban stormwater systems has been key...
With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where...
Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia's largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties.Behind the petition —which seeks...
The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has picked a London-based renewable energy consulting firm to help position Virginia to become a hub for the "offshore wind supply chain and service industry," Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced.BVG Associates will "build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations...