ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

A Virginia region that is an unlikely but critical partner in the commonwealth’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay has been selected as one of the recipients of more than $1.7 million in federal and matching funds: the Shenandoah Valley.Last month, the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife...
This week the State Corporation Commission  approved a request from Appalachian Power Company  to offer its more than 500,000 Virginia customers the option of buying electricity entirely from renewable sources. The sources will be primarily wind and hydro, with some solar to be added as it gets built.Participants who...
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Mercury published a blog post here on Jan. 9 with a link to a NC Policy Watch story on settlement agreements with American Indian tribes related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.That story was taken down for review by the site's editors and has now been...
The State Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved a controversial permit that will allow a compressor station in Buckingham County for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline. "I support this project without reservation," said board member William Ferguson, after explaining he thinks the larger pipeline project would benefit Hampton Roads, where...
Last in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts Wednesday.Expect much of the environmental debate this session, for the third year in a row, to center on Dominion Energy's plans to close coal ash impoundments containing millions of tons of the potentially toxic by-product of...
For the first time in 10 years, a biennial report meant to measure the Chesapeake Bay's recovery shows that its overall health declined last year, receiving a D+ grade compared to a C- in 2016."The bay suffered a massive assault in 2018," said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake...
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...