ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

A dissatisfied Dominion Energy is asking the State Corporation Commission to reconsider an earlier ruling that blocks the utility from passing on about $18 million in upgrade costs to customers.The petition for reconsideration, filed Friday, relates to Dominion’s Rider E, an extra charge that the utility is allowed to...
Recreational anglers will see their allowable catch of striped bass curtailed this fall, an effort by state regulators to protect a diminishing stock they say is being overfished.The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved emergency regulations that will limit fishermen to a single fish between 20 and...
The man who showed up to Dr. Janet Eddy’s mobile clinic was in his 40s. He had diabetes, but it was “well controlled,” she recalled, and he was healthy enough to put in a full day’s work as a landscaper.He also had a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit —...
Another small step for Virginia, another leap forward for the Chesapeake Bay.On Friday, Virginia, along with other states, released its final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, the roadmap for meeting its 2025 water quality goals for the bay.The new version, which incorporates comments from the Environmental Protection Agency and...
On Aug. 8, Mountain Valley Pipeline requested "emergency authorization" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to repair an eight-acre landslide that “has progressed to the point where a residence directly downslope is unsafe to be occupied.”Unfortunately, events like this are almost expected; MVP chose to route, and FERC chose...
Two renewable energy providers whose attempts to sign up Dominion Energy customers were halted by the utility in July won a victory Wednesday when the State Corporation Commission ordered the company to begin processing the enrollments immediately.The order is the first decision by the commission in an ongoing battle...
By Diane RobertsRemember back when some Americans thought Barack Obama was the antichrist, hell-bent on wrecking everything from the oil industry to Christmas?Good times!Compared to Donald Trump, Obama was an amateur. The haystack-headed Current Occupant is much more convincing as a Destroyer of Worlds, as is his minion David Bernhardt,...
Chances are, the people you know who call themselves environmentalists also celebrate racial diversity and think the U.S. should welcome immigrants and refugees. What, then, are we to make of white nationalists who invoke environmental concerns to justify acts of violence against immigrants?Recent news articles tell us the suspect...
President Donald Trump's trade war with China threatens profits for Virginia's soybean farmers, a group that includes Gov. Ralph Northam, he said during a financial update to lawmakers.Northam, speaking at a presentation to the Joint Money Committee, owns and leases about 50 acres of farm land on the Eastern...
Even as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s scope of work has broadened to include such critical concerns as climate change and environmental justice, the agency has seen its funding cut and its programs hamstrung by outdated state regulations, a report by the Office of the Secretary of Natural...