ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Is an African-American community in rural Virginia the right place to put a massive compressor station for a natural gas pipeline? This is the question the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board will consider at its meeting Tuesday. The compressor for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of only three along...
After a second short public comment period, the state Air Pollution Control Board will again consider a permit to build a natural gas compressor station in Buckingham County that is part of Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Board will meet Jan. 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian at...
Editor's note: The Virginia Mercury launched in July to provide a sustained focus on statewide issues that have fallen through the cracks as traditional news outlets shrink. Here's the first in a holiday-week series looking back on how we've spent our time since then.   Natural gas pipelines The year began with...
Tractor trailers loaded with $10 million worth of apples, beans, cheese, potatoes, milk and pork — lots and lots of pork — will begin heading to Virginia food banks next month. The unprecedented bounty, which represents a more than 40 percent increase in donations for some regional food banks, comes...
The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a written public comment period for a controversial compressor station permit until Jan. 4. The public can share their thoughts on documents that were submitted to the State Air Pollution Control Board after it first delayed a decision on the permit in November. The...
Yes, you will say I have expensive taste. But it’s not for me, it’s for the children! Picture their shining faces on Christmas morning when they find Santa has delivered 62 Siemens Gamesa 8-megawatt, pitch-regulated, variable speed offshore wind turbines, sporting a rotor diameter of 167 meters each, to a patch...
Virginia has signed on to a lawsuit with eight other states and several environmental groups to fight President Donald Trump's decision to open the East Coast up to seismic airgun testing, according to The Baltimore Sun. The testing is a precursor to offshore oil drilling. Before drilling can begin, the...
The State Air Pollution Control Board approved a number of changes to Dominion Energy's proposed permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County, but again delayed making a decision on the contentious project. Instead, the board will hold another public hearing on documents related to the demographic makeup of Union Hill,...
The State Air Pollution Control Board delayed action Wednesday on a critical compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in order to allow for additional public comment. The meeting drew a large crowd of protesters and generated tense confrontation, with board members twice recessing the meeting amid chanting and...
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who threw his hat into the ring last month for the 2021 gubernatorial race, has evidently been reading some tea leaves about the Democratic electorate's dimming view of state-regulated monopolies like Dominion Energy and the influence they wield. In a wide-ranging interview with Blue Virginia...