ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Caroline County Virginia soybean field
Even as the trade war between the United States and China threatens to dramatically drive down the price of the nation’s top agricultural export, many Virginia soybean farmers are adopting a cautious stance of “wait and see.”“We’re hearing from some farmers that are understandably very upset with the administration...
If you step on it, you can drive from the Atlantic Ocean to Nelson County, Va., in about three hours. In the not-too-distant future, you could be able to make the trip in a lot less time.That’s not because we’ll have flying cars or frictionless roads, or because Great...
Former journalist and veteran lobbyist Steve Haner, writing at Bacon's Rebellion, has a good look at the yearly report the State Corporation Commission has done documenting the hundreds of millions of dollars in utility "overearning" since the Virginia General Assembly prevented it from lowering utility base rates in 2015...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed work to resume on nearly the entire length of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, a decision that prompted two sitting FERC commissioners to voice "significant concerns" about allowing construction "while required right-of-way and temporary use permits remain outstanding."The natural gas pipeline was being...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed work to resume on nearly the entire length of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline.The natural gas pipeline was being built between West Virginia and Pittsylvania County before a federal court invalidated key approvals for the project and FERC ordered a halt to...
Virginia has seen 12 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, the state's Department of Health reported Tuesday.Last year, Virginia had 13 West Nile cases, up from only eight in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of West Nile cases vary...
Virginia will use $10 million to turn projects in its Abandoned Mine Land program into economic development initiatives, Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced.The state will award grants to groups who want to reclaim old mining sites and turn them into tourist attractions, sites that support rural broadband infrastructure or...
A letter signed by a dozen large electric users — from hospital systems and colleges to major companies — calls for more clean energy options in Virginia, where attempts to loosen policies governing competition have been mightily opposed by the state's dominant electric utilities."A key ingredient for increasing renewable...
In Gloucester County, if residents don’t leave the county every day, the Riverside hospital system or Walmart are probably where the majority spend their workdays.There’s not much else for work in the county limits, said Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, who represents the area.But he’s hoping that, with the creation...
Many Virginia leaders seem to have the notion that if our environment is being polluted and ordinary people are having their land destroyed, that must be good for business. And as a corollary, if a business wants to pollute the environment and destroy private land, that must be good...