ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Dominion Energy’s newest plan for a renewable energy package that environmentally conscious customers can buy is causing some big businesses, including Walmart, to push back against what they call “an unattractive offering.”Why? Companies and an industry group that represents some of Virginia’s and the nation’s largest employers have two...
Virginia state agencies and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline came under sharp questioning by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond Tuesday concerning whether environmental justice concerns had been adequately heard in a controversial decision to site a compressor station in the predominantly African American community of Union Hill.Repeatedly,...
The regional commission that oversees the East Coast’s most important fisheries on Monday laid the groundwork for disciplinary action against Virginia after Omega Protein announced last month that it planned to exceed the menhaden harvest cap in the Chesapeake Bay.The unanimous decision to find Virginia out of compliance with...
By Jonathan SokolowThe year 1963 was transformative in the Civil Rights Movement and in our country.In January, George Wallace was inaugurated as governor of Alabama, pledging “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.”In April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested while leading a campaign in Birmingham that is...
The developer of the Mountain Valley Pipeline again raised the estimated cost of the project and pushed back its completion date after federal regulators last week ordered construction stopped because of concerns over impacts to endangered and threatened species.EQM Midstream Partners, LP, the operator of Mountain Valley Pipeline, said...
Virginia’s state government will get 45 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022, officials announced Friday morning, exceeding a target established by Gov. Ralph Northam in a recent executive order committing the state to making its electric grid carbon free by 2050.Both Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest electric...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday ordered that all work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline stop except stabilization and restoration activities.The order, outlined in a Tuesday letter from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, follows on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling Friday that pressed pause on...
The fall foliage may be dull, but parts of the James River are slightly brighter this October thanks to the “flash drought” that has gripped much of the Southeast for the past month.East of Hopewell, the largest blooms of algae detected in the James in several years are spreading...
The emerald ash borer looks like nothing so much as an Elvis impersonator in insect form.When hit with light, its green and gold body sparkles as if the bug is wearing a sequined jumpsuit; its eyes, glistening protuberances that consume most of its head, command attention. Both the insect...
Virginia and Mountain Valley Pipeline have resolved a lawsuit brought by the state against the company for environmental violations that caused significant erosion in the southwestern part of the commonwealth, with the natural gas pipeline developer agreeing to pay a $2.15 million civil penalty.The payment was described by Virginia...