ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

The State Water Control Board on Monday issued a groundwater withdrawal permit to one of two hotly contested natural gas plants planned by private developers in Charles City County, despite about 1,400 public comments opposing the approval.In a 6-0 vote, the board authorized the Chickahominy Power Station to withdraw...
In an order Friday, the Virginia State Corporation Commission imposed conditions that must be met before a contentious natural gas expansion project can proceed.Virginia Natural Gas has been seeking approval to expand its pipeline and compressor station infrastructure in Northern and Central Virginia, primarily to supply a natural gas-fired...
By Queen Zakia Shabazz and Chad ObaOne of the most important displays of a government such as Virginia’s that is “of the people, by the people and for the people” are the many boards and commissions that advise or oversee state agencies or set policy on all manner of...
You remember the story of the Three Little Pigs. First the little pigs built themselves a house out of straw, but the big, bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew it down. Barely escaping with their lives, the little pigs built a new house out of sticks, but again...
Last week, the Supreme Court handed a victory to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline when it ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority to allow the project to cross beneath the Appalachian Trail. But the end of that battle has seen the revival of another, more fundamental conflict: whether...
Even in car-clogged Northern Virginia, nothing stops traffic like a 10-foot-deep sinkhole.And that’s exactly what happened — twice — last spring on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, one of Virginia’s most visible national parks, after a culvert pipe beneath the road failed. Today, the parkway, whose terminus lies at George...
Thanks to a less rainy spring, the Chesapeake Bay's “dead zone” is likely to be slightly smaller this summer than normal, though it will still be bigger than long-term targets for the nation’s largest estuary, scientists announced Wednesday. Ecologically, a dead zone is part of a body of water that...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods in Virginia and around the country. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile natural gas pipeline being built by utility heavyweights Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, can cross beneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest.But the 7-2 decision, penned by Justice Clarence Thomas with...
The State Corporation Commission on Friday extended a mandatory moratorium on the disconnection of utility services due to nonpayment of bills until Aug. 31 in order “to allow time for the General Assembly to meet in special session to address the COVID-19 crisis in a more comprehensive manner.”“Our purpose...