ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

When your kid greets you at the door with the cheery news that he’s swept the floor for you without being asked, you are probably right to wonder which breakable item is no longer in its usual place.  I have the same feeling about the series of full-page ads...
Spring is so wonderful — blooming flowers, singing birds and visits from our friends, the snakes.These reptilian Rip Van Winkles are up from their long winter naps and moving, looking for food and mates.One just might find you by mistake.It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Believe it...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration will not veto GOP-inserted budget language that thwarts Virginia's plans to join a network of carbon-trading states, throwing a wrench into a regulation developed over nearly two years and approved by a state board last month.In a statement announcing his approval of the state budget...
FLOYD — The numerous coal companies that belong to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have allowed thousands of acres of southwest Virginia surface mines to go unreclaimed for years, even as the state agency tasked with enforcing reclamation laws has repeatedly bent its own rules to...
With stock assessments showing declines for the Atlantic’s prized striped bass population, Virginia last week closed its spring recreational season for trophy-sized fish ahead of possible action by the regional council that oversees fisheries along the coast.The emergency closure, which received unanimous support from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission,...
A new report by the American Lung Association found that more cities across the country had high days of ozone and short-term particle pollution between 2015 and 2017 compared to 2014-16, and that Northern Virginia's struggles with air pollutants have continued.In its 20th annual State of the Air report,...
President Donald Trump's administration has shelved for the moment a plan to potentially open vast stretches of American waters, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil drilling, The Wall Street Journal reports.The announcement comes after a federal court decision that blocks drilling in the Arctic, setting up...
Maybe you've heard of cap-and-trade, but what about "cap and dividend?"Even as Virginia moves to limit the amount of carbon it allows power plants to release, a Northern Virginia Democratic congressman is pushing again for federal action to drive down emissions of the greenhouse gas driving climate change.U.S. Rep....
Dominion Energy and Facebook announced Monday six new solar facilities, three each in Virginia and North Carolina, dedicated to Facebook's operations.While some are already completed, all the facilities are due to gradually become operational by mid-2020. According to a news release, they're to help the two companies achieve complementary...
By Beth RoachServing as the vice chair of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice has given me a unique perspective on equity and environmental justice in the face of the Northam scandal. This Earth Month, I have been reflecting on my childhood growing up in Surry County,...