ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

In 2019, the bee met the bulldozer, and the bee won. In July of that year, a federal appeals court in Richmond for the second time yanked a permit for the now-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. And the decision brought into the spotlight a small creature that for years has been...
Dominion Energy announced Friday it has applied for a second renewal of its licenses for two nuclear reactors at Lake Anna in Louisa County, underlining the robust role nuclear is likely to continue playing in Virginia during a transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The move follows...
Proposals to address rising numbers of unpaid utility bills during a time of mass unemployment have faced uphill battles during the special session of the General Assembly convened in part to address the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.In the two weeks since the session began, the House of Delegates...
First came rising waters and flooded roads. Then came evacuations. An Aug. 15 storm that stalled over Central Virginia and dropped almost 10 inches of rain on parts of Chesterfield County highlighted a threat that the state has long been aware of but, with climate change, is becoming ever more...
Following the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have not been shy about talking up their own project in the Appalachian region. However, behind the rosy pronouncements of late, all is far from well with the MVP.In early August, Reuters reported that...
A legislative attempt to force Virginia to reveal more information about COVID-19 outbreaks in the state’s poultry plants and other workplaces, introduced after months of stonewalling from Virginia health officials and their insistence that the plants are entitled to privacy protections, stalled Wednesday with no prospect of being revived...
Gov. Ralph Northam has signaled he intends to revive an old debate about how much out-of-state trash Virginia accepts by including in his administration’s budget proposal an order for the state to develop a plan to require landfill operators to pay a statewide tipping fee for solid waste.“The governor...
State regulators announced Monday they would extend an existing moratorium on utility disconnections through Sept. 15 but signaled they don’t intend to renew it again unless ordered by the General Assembly. The new deadline will bring the moratorium’s total duration to six months since the State Corporation Commission enacted its...
A bill filed by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, to require any employer hiring a crew of 50 or more temporary workers during the COVID-19 pandemic to receive approval from the commissioner of labor and industry would complicate Mountain Valley Pipeline’s plans to deploy 4,000 workers to West Virginia and...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s hurricane season could set a record for the number of storms big enough to be given names. NOAA now predicts a total of 19 to 25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) in the Atlantic, of which 7...