ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Twenty-eight Virginia General Assembly members are urging a federal court to overturn a controversial permit granted by the State Air Pollution Control Board for a compressor station key to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the grounds that it would irreparably harm Buckingham County’s historic freedman’s community of Union Hill.“Placing...
DANVILLE — This former tobacco and textile town's oldest and newest symbols of economic prosperity soaked up sunlight on a recent early summer afternoon.Tobacco seedlings stretched for the sky in the mid-90s heat, same as they have here for 300 years.Today, that legacy crop is supplemented by another kind...
Virginia's bank of old-growth forest grew by 280 acres Wednesday after the Capital Region Land Conservancy formally recognized the induction of the James River Park System's parklands, under easement, into the national Old-Growth Forest Network.Today, less than 1% of the East Coast’s forests are considered “old growth,” with fewer...
When utility regulators gave Dominion Energy Virginia the go-ahead to build two offshore wind turbines last November, it was still unclear whether the pilot project might be the end as well as the beginning of offshore wind in Virginia.Now, however, Dominion seems to have decided it’s game on. Although...
State energy regulators denied Costco permission to shop for electricity on the open market, telling the warehouse club in a filing Thursday that if it thinks it’s getting overcharged by Dominion Energy that it needs to make that case to state lawmakers.“If Costco believes that the current statutory structure...
FLOYD — Warm weather has brought renewed activity to the Mountain Valley Pipeline in western Virginia, but the project and its equally contentious sibling, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, still face unresolved legal and regulatory hurdles that leave their completion uncertain.This year has seen new protests on the ground, as...
Three states account for about 90 percent of the pollution that makes it into the Chesapeake Bay. Of those, Virginia and Maryland are largely living up to their commitments to meet goals to improve water quality. Not so much the other state, according to a report issued Tuesday by the...
Recently I criticized a Dominion Energy advertisement that boasted, misleadingly and inaccurately, about the company’s investments in solar energy.By contrast, the company’s investments in greenwashing are transparent and heartfelt. Dominion has had several bad months here in Virginia and would very much like to change the conversation.In fact,...
WASHINGTON — A congressional investigation is examining whether top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, former employees of a legal and lobbying outfit with long Richmond ties, violated ethics rules by working on behalf of their former clients. Lawmakers have asked for documents and an EPA inspector general investigation into whether...
New York investment bank Goldman Sachs was once memorably called "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money," by Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi.In Virginia, many would argue we have long had our own bloodsucking cephalopod...