ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Mountain Valley Pipeline announced Tuesday morning it would push back its completion date to summer 2022 and raise the expected price tag of the project to $6.2 billion.  The setbacks are the latest for the controversial 303-mile pipeline planned to carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields...
HIGHLAND COUNTY — On the warmest day of 2021 yet, the fire swept over Summers Mountain in a remote corner of Highland, a Virginia county so lightly populated that cattle outnumber humans by almost seven times. At times the fire moved with startling rapidity, fast as an arrow of flame....
After a dreary pandemic winter, more Virginians are venturing out in search of ramps — the leafy green allium that’s become a darling of the spring dining season. Sometimes, what they’re finding is poisoning them. Dr. Chris Holstege, medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health, said...
Dominion Energy will be holding its annual shareholder meeting virtually on May 5. For the most part these meetings are scripted and self-congratulatory, but they also make space for individual shareholders to ask questions. For ordinary people who may own just a small number of shares in the company,...
Just months after an eight-hour meeting to consider a controversial air permit for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board is readying itself for another marathon session to consider granting an air permit to a compressor station that would be built in Chatham as part...
Three groups are asking Virginia to reopen an air permit issued to Chickahominy Power in 2019 for a proposed natural gas plant in Charles City County, contending that the state’s analysis of the facility’s environmental justice impacts “contains many of the same defects” of a state air permit struck...
A federal working group convened to examine how the economies of communities dependent on fossil fuels can be revitalized as the nation transitions to renewable energy has identified Southwest Virginia as the fourth most coal-dependent area in the U.S.  The finding, which is based on the percentage of total direct...
Virginia is one of many states hard hit by a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, which according to a study published Tuesday has killed more than 90 percent of northern long-eared, little brown and tri-colored bats in the U.S. over the past decade. “Virginia populations have suffered really severe...
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday announced the formation of a new Environmental Justice Office, in line with a key recommendation issued last fall by a consultant hired by the agency to assess how it could better handle environmental justice issues. The new office “is the result of...
Several dozen landowners who granted easements to the developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are asking federal regulators to require the pipeline to give them up now that the project has been cancelled.  “I signed an easement agreement in October 2018 because I felt I had no choice,” wrote Judy...