ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

New Atlantic Coast Pipeline suit takes aim at FERC approval, which underpins the whole project

BY: - August 16, 2018

A federal court in Richmond that has served as a major legal battlefield this summer over federal and state permits for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines got a new case added to its docket Thursday. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s […]

COMMENTARY

With pipeline projects halted, there’s a golden chance for the state to require more review. Northam doesn’t seem likely to take it.

BY: - August 16, 2018

Since before he took office in January, opponents of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, including a list of lawmakers and officials from his own party, have begged and cajoled Gov. Ralph Northam to get tougher on the contentious natural gas projects. Work on both pipelines is now at least temporarily stalled amid court […]

New York Times: Rains pushing a trash tsunami into Chesapeake Bay

BY: - August 13, 2018

Recent heavy rains have pushed a surge of wood debris, Styrofoam and plastic bottles into the Chesapeake bay, and states are fighting about who’s responsible, The New York Times reports. The tidal wave of trash comes after officials opened floodgates in the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland, pushing floating garbage and debris down the Susquehanna […]

An asexual, swarming tick has invaded Virginia

BY: - August 13, 2018

The scene could be plucked from science fiction. Or maybe a horror movie. Picture hundreds of ticks swarming over a horse’s head in Virginia’s Warren County and thousands crawling up a New Jersey woman’s arm as she shears her sheep. The longhorned tick has been known to spread deadly disease in its native eastern Asia, […]

Federal agency halts Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction

BY: - August 11, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered a halt Friday night to Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The order came four days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond vacated the pipeline’s authorization to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway and gave a detailed explanation for its decision in May […]

State awards contract for electric-vehicle charging network

BY: - August 9, 2018

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has picked a Los Angeles company to build a $14 million electric vehicle charging network in the state. The money comes from Virginia’s nearly $94 million share of a $10 billion settlement with Volkswagen, which admitted to secretly installing devices to cheat emissions tests. EVgo, which says it operates […]

Another federal permit struck down? No big deal, Dominion says

BY: - August 7, 2018

Dominion Energy, the lead partner in the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says Monday’s decision by a federal appeals court stripping its authority to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t that big a deal. The company expects that the National Park Service “will promptly re-issue the permit.” “Ample evidence to support the requisite finding that […]

Fourth Circuit strikes again: Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit vacated

BY: - August 6, 2018

In the latest in a string of decisions that have struck down key approvals for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has thrown out Atlantic’s permit to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway. The court ruled that the National Park Service’s decision to allow the […]

COMMENTARY

On the heels of its big legislative win, what kind of grid does Dominion want to build for us?

BY: - August 6, 2018

Imagine that you have hired a builder to design and build you a three-story house. He brings you the plans for the first floor and proposes to start work right away. “These look okay,” you say, “but I need to see the plans for the whole house.” “Don’t you worry about that,” says the builder. […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline construction halted

BY: - August 3, 2018

A week after a federal appeals court in Richmond struck down a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross U.S. Forest Service land, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered a halt to work on the entire project. “MVP is hereby notified that construction activity along all portions of the project and in […]

Dominion files for approval of offshore wind pilot project

BY: - August 3, 2018

Dominion Energy has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission for approval of a long-anticipated pilot offshore wind project. The company, which announced last summer that it would move forward with the project after letting a $40 million federal grant for offshore wind lapse the year before, seeks permission to build a two 6-megawatt […]

COMMENTARY

In Buckingham’s Union Hill, a center of resistance for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion brings in a ringer

BY: - August 2, 2018

BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7. “I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads. And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service last month, Pastor Paul Wilson was fully […]