Energy

Atlantic Coast Project
2:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Augusta Expo Attracts Pipeline Backers & Opponents

Dominion wrapped up a dozen public open houses this week – events designed to explain a natural gas pipeline it hopes to build from the fracking fields of West Virginia to markets in Virginia and North Carolina. 

The road to the Augusta Expo Center was lined with lawn signs – some reading Protect Our Water – No Pipeline, and No Pipeline on our Farms and Forests, while other signs promised Safe Energy, Energy Jobs and Energy Independence.  Inside, however, there appeared to be consensus.

"No pipeline!  No pipeline!"

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Common Substance Found in Plants
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

VT Researchers Devise System to Clean Japanese Power Plant

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Credit www.wikipedia.org

Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

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Fighting for Clean Water
7:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What To Do With Toxic Coal Ash

Environmentalists are glad to see Dominion Power shutting down coal burning power plants, but they want the utility to do something about the waste left behind when coal is burned.  

At the Chesapeake Energy Center, Dominion has stored tons of coal ash for decades.  Deborah Murray is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“They have just simply been storing the coal ash for about 60 years now in unlined pits, and the evidence is very clear, and Dominion’s own records show that it’s contaminating the ground water.”

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Environmental & Economic Concerns Linger
4:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

After The Spill: Coal Ash & The Dan River

Nine months after 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a decommissioned power plant in North Carolina the ultimate environmental, economic and legal consequences remain unknown.

The community most immediately and most visibly affected by the spill was Danville in Southside Virginia where residents were shocked to see the river's surface covered with a sickly gray film the morning after the release.

Duke Energy – owner of the power plant – has been able to retrieve 3,000 tons of ash from the Dan and says the rest will dissipate.

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Residents & Natural Gas Companies
8:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Meeting on Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Representatives from two Natural Gas Companies will answer citizens’ questions and hear their concerns about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, Wednesday, November 5th in Blacksburg.

This comes as communities around Virginia await action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide if the review processes can move forward. 

Like other communities in the path of three different natural gas pipelines that would crisscross Virginia, some Montgomery County Citizens are mobilizing to fight them.

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