ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Workers at Virginia’s state parks say they’re trying to kill Chinese bushclover, an invasive plant that grows in thick stands, choking out native flora.And they sounded just a bit frustrated during a meeting this week when they noted their colleagues at another state agency, the Virginia Department of Transportation,...
Dominion Energy Virginia employees were briefing a stakeholder group on the company’s Integrated Resource Plan last Friday morning when text messages started popping up on phones all over the room: the State Corporation Commission had just rejected the IRP and ordered a do-over.Awkward.The SCC has never rejected a...
The State Water Control Board will consider revoking a crucial water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which was hit with a state lawsuit over several hundred violations related to erosion, sediment and stormwater controls.James Lofton, one of two new board members participating in their first meeting Thursday,...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, vacated another permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time concluding that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to allow the pipeline across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among other findings.An environmental attorney who...
After months of citizen complaints about deleterious impacts to waters of the commonwealth from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction, many cheered when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that an enforcement action had been filed last week.Upon closer inspection, however, the complaint filed by Herring is as much a critique...
For much of his first year in office, Gov. Ralph Northam has gotten himself crosswise with the environmental groups that were big backers of his 2017 campaign.The relationship has steadily devolved — from the reappointment of Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor in the spring to the governor's...
President Donald Trump's administration's proposed rollbacks to federal clean water regulations would strip some wetlands, as well as headwater streams, in Virginia of federal protections and leave them vulnerable to pollution and real estate development, a report says.The new rules would redefine which "waters of the U.S." are protected...
A coalition of environmental groups sued the federal government today over its decision late last month to permit seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean, a potential precursor to oil drilling."This extremely loud and dangerous process, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s...
Today's much-anticipated meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which saw two members replaced by Gov. Ralph Northam as it weighed a crucial permit for a compressor station that is part of Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been postponed because of the snow.The Virginia Department of Environmental...
Virginia's most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein's Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced.Omega Protein harvests thousands of tons a year of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay,...