Environment

Government & Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Predicting US Energy Policy in GOP Senate

What would the nation’s energy policy look like if Republicans capture the Senate this fall? Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia lawmakers and energy analysts to find out the potential impact on the commonwealth. 

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Coral Reefs off the Coast of Virginia
10:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Mapping the Ocean

Captain Monty Hawkins
Credit Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

 

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

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Go Outside Festival
10:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Branding Roanoke

Credit www.roanokegofest.com

Roanoke officials have spent the past five years promoting the Star City as an outdoor community. 

Pete Eshelman is the city’s Director of Outdoor Branding, and says Virginia Tech is seeing a trend for new graduates wanting to stay in the area particularly because of the variety of outdoor amenities.

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Floyd Residents Call It Victory
5:26 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Pipeline Route Changed

Credit preservefloyd.org

A change in the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline that would run through southwestern Virginia is a victory for the town of Floyd.  But some say, it simply sends the problem elsewhere.

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale reserve in Pennsylvania through Virginia to North Carolina.  That prospect mobilized people in Floyd County to fight the plan for the 42 inch pipe to pass though their land. 

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Changing Definition of "Lead-Free"
5:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Lead Found in Well Water Tests

Credit Virginia Household Water Quality Program

There’s no argument about the fact that any amount of lead in drinking water is unsafe. 

No matter how much, it’s too much, of this potent neurotoxin. 

But lead has been showing up in well water tests around Virginia. About a fifth of the state’s residents get their water from wells.

Lead does not occur naturally in Virginia’s groundwater, instead, it’s a problem of civilization, namely, indoor plumbing. 

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