ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

The developer of a proposed golf course at the environmentally sensitive and historically significant Fones Cliffs on the banks of the Rappahannock River has filed for bankruptcy, court filings show.On May 3, Benito Fernandez, the president of Virginia True Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy...
WASHINGTON —  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted how President Donald Trump administration is managing the agency this week, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health for years to come.The former EPA chiefs — who led the agency under...
WIRTZ — Little Creek ran chocolate-milkshake brown, surging with flood water as it splashed over its banks just feet from where lengths of the Mountain Valley Pipeline lay mounted on wooden blocks and submerged in ditches.Two dozen people trudged through the mud and muck, surveying what was once a...
Dominion Energy faced pointed questions from a State Corporation Commission judge Tuesday over whether the utility should have spent several hundred million dollars in 2015 to retrofit two of its coal-fired units to comply with new state and federal environmental regulations.“Dominion moved forward that spring on retrofitting these plants...
Twenty-eight Virginia General Assembly members are urging a federal court to overturn a controversial permit granted by the State Air Pollution Control Board for a compressor station key to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the grounds that it would irreparably harm Buckingham County’s historic freedman’s community of Union Hill.“Placing...
DANVILLE — This former tobacco and textile town's oldest and newest symbols of economic prosperity soaked up sunlight on a recent early summer afternoon.Tobacco seedlings stretched for the sky in the mid-90s heat, same as they have here for 300 years.Today, that legacy crop is supplemented by another kind...
Virginia's bank of old-growth forest grew by 280 acres Wednesday after the Capital Region Land Conservancy formally recognized the induction of the James River Park System's parklands, under easement, into the national Old-Growth Forest Network.Today, less than 1% of the East Coast’s forests are considered “old growth,” with fewer...
When utility regulators gave Dominion Energy Virginia the go-ahead to build two offshore wind turbines last November, it was still unclear whether the pilot project might be the end as well as the beginning of offshore wind in Virginia.Now, however, Dominion seems to have decided it’s game on. Although...
State energy regulators denied Costco permission to shop for electricity on the open market, telling the warehouse club in a filing Thursday that if it thinks it’s getting overcharged by Dominion Energy that it needs to make that case to state lawmakers.“If Costco believes that the current statutory structure...
FLOYD — Warm weather has brought renewed activity to the Mountain Valley Pipeline in western Virginia, but the project and its equally contentious sibling, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, still face unresolved legal and regulatory hurdles that leave their completion uncertain.This year has seen new protests on the ground, as...