Environment http://wvtf.org en Fighting the Backyard Pipeline http://wvtf.org/post/fighting-backyard-pipeline <p>Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas.&nbsp;</p><p>There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities.&nbsp; In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:33:55 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24679 at http://wvtf.org Fighting the Backyard Pipeline Weather Woes http://wvtf.org/post/weather-woes <p>For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering.&nbsp; The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather.&nbsp; Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:55:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24463 at http://wvtf.org Weather Woes Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion http://wvtf.org/post/offshore-wind-energy-efforts-lagging-old-dominion <div style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'bookman old style', 'new york', times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:56:51 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24147 at http://wvtf.org Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers <p></p><p>When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:40:30 +0000 Robbie Harris 24122 at http://wvtf.org Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Solar Girl http://wvtf.org/post/solar-girl <p>Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke are following Blacksburg’s lead in launching campaigns to promote solar power on residential rooftops.&nbsp; By purchasing panels in bulk, organizers can offer substantial discounts.&nbsp; It’s a strategy that one University of Virginia graduate is using to persuade the nation that <strong><em>renewable</em></strong> is <strong><em>do-able</em></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:52:17 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23716 at http://wvtf.org Solar Girl