ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

The State Air Pollution Control Board approved a number of changes to Dominion Energy's proposed permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County, but again delayed making a decision on the contentious project.Instead, the board will hold another public hearing on documents related to the demographic makeup of Union Hill,...
The State Air Pollution Control Board delayed action Wednesday on a critical compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in order to allow for additional public comment.The meeting drew a large crowd of protesters and generated tense confrontation, with board members twice recessing the meeting amid chanting and...
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who threw his hat into the ring last month for the 2021 gubernatorial race, has evidently been reading some tea leaves about the Democratic electorate's dimming view of state-regulated monopolies like Dominion Energy and the influence they wield.In a wide-ranging interview with Blue Virginia...
Cline Brubaker bought his dad’s dairy farm in 1967, but he has no plans to entice his own children into the family business. He shut down his farm in October after more than 50 years of milking cows and plans to begin selling off his land.“I haven’t made money...
Clean Virginia, an advocacy organization, says it has a dollar figure for the cost of "monopoly utility corruption in Virginia politics" for Dominion Energy customers: $254.20 per year.The report also analyzed prices from Appalachian Power and found customers are charged an average of $89 extra each year.“Virginians are being...
Workers at Virginia’s state parks say they’re trying to kill Chinese bushclover, an invasive plant that grows in thick stands, choking out native flora.And they sounded just a bit frustrated during a meeting this week when they noted their colleagues at another state agency, the Virginia Department of Transportation,...
Dominion Energy Virginia employees were briefing a stakeholder group on the company’s Integrated Resource Plan last Friday morning when text messages started popping up on phones all over the room: the State Corporation Commission had just rejected the IRP and ordered a do-over.Awkward.The SCC has never rejected a...
The State Water Control Board will consider revoking a crucial water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which was hit with a state lawsuit over several hundred violations related to erosion, sediment and stormwater controls.James Lofton, one of two new board members participating in their first meeting Thursday,...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, vacated another permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time concluding that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to allow the pipeline across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among other findings.An environmental attorney who...
After months of citizen complaints about deleterious impacts to waters of the commonwealth from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction, many cheered when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that an enforcement action had been filed last week.Upon closer inspection, however, the complaint filed by Herring is as much a critique...