Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

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For years the use of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—has been exclusive to Southwest Virginia, but some organizations and communities are vehemently opposed to it. Now, as companies are exploring more energy sources throughout the state, such as natural gas and shale, officials are feeling more pressure to amend regulations that govern the practice. 

State Water Commission Chair and Delegate Thomas Wright says he's in favor of offshore drilling and whatever the state can do to produce more energy—but he also advocates environmental stewardship.

Chincoteague Pony Swim Celebrates 90 Years

Jul 22, 2015

This month marks the 90th year the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's Saltwater Cowboys run their annual pony swim. The wild ponies, whose Spanish lineage dates back centuries, are moved from Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, to the fire company's carnival grounds where a selection of foals are auctioned off. But unless there's a fire, rounding up cowboys is sometimes more difficult than ponies.

At a booth to the entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, park ranger Naomi Belton collects park fees and gives directions to the best places to see them.

When Dominion Virginia Power won the right to lease land offshore for a wind farm, proponents of green energy cheered. 

But when Dominion put that job out for bids, just one firm submitted a qualified offer, and it was well over what the utility wanted to spend. Executives put the project on hold, but the company insists it’s not giving up on offshore wind.

Raise Your Own Pollinators

Jul 20, 2015

Virginia has lost 40-50% of its honey bee colonies since 2014, and a nursery in Richmond is taking action... urging its customers to help save these essential insects.

Jenny Jenkins Rash  is the Garden Center Manager at Sneed’s, a family owned nursery that’s done business in Richmond for 40 years.  Lately, she’s noticed something is missing from the lush grounds off Huguenot Road.

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline continued their fight today in Roanoke, as protestors sought to greet Governor Terry McAuliffe with signs as he attended a business council meeting at the Hotel Roanoke. 

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