ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

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...
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration has been sidelining researchers and suppressing climate change science at the U.S. Interior Department, experts warned Congress this week. A climate change scientist and a former senior executive staffer at the Interior Department told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing Thursday...
WASHINGTON -- Climate change could cost Virginia coastal cities billions of dollars and put communities and military facilities at risk, a special assistant to the governor warned federal lawmakers this week. Ann Phillips, who is in charge of helping the state respond to climate change on Virginia’s coastline for Gov....
An annual survey conducted by Yale and George Mason universities shows concern about climate change is surging. Seventy-three percent of Americans think climate change is happening, and 69% are at least somewhat worried about it, the highest percentages since the surveys began in 2011. Another Yale survey found that “a...
As U.S. coal production decreases, local governments in mining-dependent areas whose public services and debt rely on a robust coal industry are facing what one recent report called a “fiscal tsunami.”“A sharp decline in coal production jeopardizes the fiscal health of local governments, degrading their abilities to provide adequate...
WILLIAMSBURG -- On a map propped on an easel in a dimly lit conference room of the Hilton DoubleTree, the transmission line across the James River looks like one of a dozen alternatives for bringing power to northern Hampton Roads.But about six miles away, off the map and on...
WASHINGTON -- As the Trump administration prepares to move two Agriculture Department research agencies and more than 500 jobs out of the nation’s capital region, many of the agencies’ employees appear ready to quit their jobs rather than leave their homes. Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have attempted, so far unsuccessfully,...