ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Electric bills will go up for Dominion customers after the State Corporation Commission on Monday approved the utility’s request to recoup some of the costs it sank into complying with new federal and state environmental regulations in 2015 -- but maybe not as much as the company would have...
A federal court on Friday denied Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request for a preliminary injunction against two unnamed tree sitters who have been blocking the company from clearing land for construction for almost a year.The opinion by Judge Elizabeth Dillon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in...
ELLISTON — The roar of construction echoed through the hollow, as a bulldozer pushed dirt on an impossibly steep slope hundreds of feet up the ridge. At the bottom of the slope, a makeshift fence and stack of pallets marked a boundary — the edge of a support camp...
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on Friday issued a stop-work instruction for a two-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County after an inspection found that the company hasn’t been adequately controlling erosion.DEQ Director David Paylor said in a statement that the department was “appalled that...
In June, Fairfax County announced it was seeking proposals from solar companies to install solar at up to 130 county-owned facilities and schools, with another 100 sites to be considered for a later round. The request for proposals (RFP) covers solar on building roofs, ground-mounted solar and solar canopies...
The proposed Southgate pipeline, which would link the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia with North Carolina, “would result in some adverse impacts” that could be “reduced to less-than-significant levels,” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a draft environmental impact statement released Friday.Under the National Environmental Policy Act, an...
The cause of the seven cows’ deaths wasn’t immediately clear.All of the animals died between late summer and fall of 2017 in Albemarle County, the prosperous, semi-agricultural county that surrounds the city of Charlottesville. Another cow on the property, sick but alive, was found with signs of anemia, weakness...
Federal and state agencies, Walmart and a group advocating on behalf of low-income Virginians have emerged as unlikely bedfellows in an effort to push back against a proposal by Dominion Energy Virginia to increase the profits that its shareholders can reap.The U.S. Navy, testifying on behalf of the federal...
A mussel, a bat, a bee and a blind crustacean are once again blocking the construction of the 600-mile-long Atlantic Coast Pipeline backed by Dominion Energy.On Friday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for the second time overturned a key project permit issued by the...
Despite record rainfall last year, a survey of underwater grasses that are key indicators of Chesapeake Bay health found that they remain abundant. The Chesapeake Bay Program, the regional partnership that has led the restoration of the bay since 1983, says 91,559 acres of underwater grasses were mapped, not including...