Last week, 30 students began an unusual protest – riding bicycles along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Kendall King with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition says protesters wanted to increase public awareness of plans for the 550-mile underground pipeline that would link fracking sites in West Virginia to customers in North Carolina.
Three public meetings are set for evenings this week on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline; one of three that would carry liquid natural gas through Virginia.
The public meetings on the proposed pipeline will take place in Elliston and Chatham Virginia as well as Lindside, West Virginia, areas which could see the 42 inch pipe run through or near their towns.
Even though mountain top removal mining has been on the decline since 2008, the effects on people living in coal mined areas, is not. A new tool tracks the impact on communities over time and shows where it’s been greatest.
Virginia’s energy-providers would still like to see a large-scale commercial offshore wind turbine project off the state's coast by the year 2020, but getting there is challenging—at best. Bids to build two pilot turbines are astronomical right now, and the Authority tasked to keep the project's momentum going is looking for ways to significantly lower costs.
The push to increase rooftop solar energy in Virginia is expanding, but some homeowner associations have prohibited solar panels in their communities. Most HOAs no longer have the power to deny property owners who want to install solar panels.
The law, passed last summer, expanded Virginia’s Energy Policy’s support for rooftop solar, but after some Blacksburg Home Owners Associations denied residents permission to put up the panels, solar advocates asked for clarification on the law.