ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Ever since Mountain Valley Pipeline first proposed to gouge a 303-mile long, 125-foot wide scar across the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, countless experts have warned of the uncontrollable erosion the project would provoke. These warnings have since proven to be well founded: We have witnessed sediment-laden water flowing off...
Mercury readers will be shocked, shocked to learn that contrary to Dominion Energy’s propaganda, the company plans to cut carbon emissions by only about 1% per year between now and 2030, a slower pace than it has achieved in the past. According to an analysis of Dominion’s own data by...
Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced several relief efforts to assist hundreds of Virginia miners affected by the July 1 bankruptcy of major U.S. coal producer Blackjewel, LLC, which operates 10 mines in the southwestern portion of the state.Describing himself as “deeply concerned by the sudden closure of Blackjewel...
NORTON -- Despite its characterization of its Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy as a surprise, major U.S. coal producer Blackjewel, LLC, showed signs of being in trouble for months prior, some Virginia miners and observers said.According to a July 5 update from the company to its employees, “unexpected disputes”...
WISE -- One week after the nation’s sixth-largest coal producer filed for bankruptcy, the almost 500 Virginia miners sent home from work and deprived of their last paychecks still have no answers -- and no relief.Information comes only through social media, say miners from Blackjewel, LLC’s 10 Virginia facilities....
By Charlotte SilvermanAs a scientist, researcher and founder of my own start-up, I know how important it is to make decisions about public health and national security that are based on sound science. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming evidence that offshore drilling threatens Virginia’s natural environment, health and military operations, Congressman...
The owner of 10 mining facilities in southwestern Virginia filed for bankruptcy this week, potentially dealing another blow to the state’s shrinking coal mining industry.On July 1, West Virginia-based Blackjewel, LLC, along with its affiliated holding and management companies, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...
By Elizabeth McGowanUNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question.“How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts gathered in...
The Charlottesville City Council took aggressive action Monday night to curb greenhouse gas emissions, becoming Virginia’s first locality to set a target of carbon neutrality by 2050.The resolution, reported by the Daily Progress, followed on the heels of the council’s June 2017 commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors...
After watching the first two Democratic Presidential debates, where 20 candidates debated a whole host of issues, we came away disappointed. According to Vox, climate change got only 15 minutes worth of airtime out of four hours’ worth of debates. And during those 15 minutes, no candidate mentioned one...