Environment

Survey May Lead To Solutions
3:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Volunteer Researchers Work to Prevent Bird Collisions

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The sickening thud of a bird hitting a window is something most people have heard.  It may seem like an isolated incident, unless people take a closer look.

A group of volunteers at Virginia Tech has done just that.  The results are in on a survey we told you about one year ago, when they began tracking bird –window collisions at the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.

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Conservation Easements
4:25 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Property Rights Dispute

"The Boneta Bill"
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The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has agreed to act as a mediator in a property rights dispute between a Fauquier County farmer and the Piedmont Environmental Council. 

Depending on the outcome, some farmers say the case could have a negative impact on the state's conservation easements program and create a hostile environment between landowners and government entities.
 

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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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Pipeline Protest
7:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Inventive Efforts in Protesting Proposed Pipeline

Fred and Bonnie Powell

Dominion is sending surveyors into the field, planning to build a 550-mile pipeline to transport natural gas from West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.  The company hopes to complete construction by 2018, but some landowners who live along the route are showing remarkable ingenuity in their fight to prevent the project. 

Fred and Bonnie Powell own a farm in Augusta County that’s been in the family for generations.

“I literally was born in the house right over – you can see the roof right across there.  That’s our home place.” 

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EPA Clean Power Plan Criticized
6:53 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

State Agency Criticizes Proposed EPA Rules

Proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions, generating more energy from renewables, and addressing global warming are getting a cold reception from one of the state's most influential agencies. While environmental groups support the regulations, others contend that they're much too burdensome, unrealistic, and aggressive.

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