ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

So far this year there have been 38 cases of West Nile virus in Virginia, a new record for the state.On average, Virginia reports only about nine cases per year, according to the Department of Health.The cases have been spotted in 17 health districts across the state, with Fairfax...
Gov. Ralph Northam announced the creation of a "Governor's Conservation Cabinet" Thursday intended to better protect the state's natural resources and improve environmental quality.But there's one thing that the group likely won't deal with: the two major pipeline projects that have become the most contentious environmental issues in Virginia."I...
Gov. Ralph Northam put out his administration's energy plan Tuesday, a non-binding planning document that lays out a vision for the next decade of energy policy in Virginia. But it was met with some effusive praise by environmental groups and renewable energy and energy-efficiency interests."This plan represents the first...
The latest big pipeline decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond strips the Mountain Valley Pipeline of its federal authority to cross waterways in West Virginia, and opponents contend, should halt work along the entire 300-mile route from West Virginia to Pittsylvania...
Environmental violations at the site of a planned luxury golf course development, where illegally cleared land has caused the culturally, biologically and historically significant Fones Cliffs above the Rappahannock River to erode, have been referred to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring for enforcement.Virginia Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Ann...
Nearly 200 government leaders, academics, and business people packed the Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit in Norfolk last week to stake their claims in the launch of Virginia’s newest industry.“The offshore wind market is exploding,” said Liz Burdock, executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, in...
CUMBERLAND — Just inside the front door of the 100-year-old Pine Grove School in Cumberland County’s small Cartersville community, the soft wood underfoot groans and gives under Muriel Branch's steps. "I walked three and a half miles to get here, each way, each day," says Branch, sweeping her gaze around...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have to soon figure out how to paper over another defect in the federal permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.Environmental groups asked FERC Tuesday for another stop-work order on the 600-mile, Dominion Energy-led project after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
It's no secret that the State Corporation Commission didn’t like this year’s big energy bill, the Grid Transformation and Security Act.SCC staff testified against SB 966 in committee, and their objections played a major role in amendments removing the “double dip” provision that would have let Dominion Energy...
A retired Navy admiral will serve as the state's first special assistant to the governor for coastal adaptation and protection.Ann C. Phillips of Norfolk is tasked with finding a way to address the effects of sea-level rise and land subsidence along Virginia's coast across state departments. Lawmakers in the...