Environment

Rough Winter on the Chesapeake Bay
4:43 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Tangier Island Missing Oyster Floats

It's been a rough winter out on the Chesapeake Bay for Virginia's Tangier Island. Last month, Virginia Army National Guard flew in supplies after residents were trapped by thick ice from days of freezing temperatures and snow.

Now, island watermen and a group of Richmond investors including former State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have been dealt another blow by mother nature.

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Environment
7:13 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Ongoing Offshore Oil Drilling Debate

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The federal government has cleared the way for oil exploration and drilling off the coast of Virginia, but a public hearing period is underway, and citizens are invited to share their views before any land is leased or any permits issued. 

The oil industry hasn’t been allowed to do studies off our coast for forty years, but at the Virginia Petroleum Council, Mike Ward claims there are a half billion barrels of oil and 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas buried below the ocean floor.

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Government & Politics
8:24 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Federal Budget Climate Component: Impact on Virginia

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President Obama’s budget revived a debate at the Capitol over energy policy and climate change. 

As lawmakers like to say, “budgets embody values,” and on the Hill there’s no question over whether the president’s budget shows his values in regards to the nation’s energy sector. He wants to hike clean energy spending by seven percent and offer a myriad of states some four billion dollars if they clean up their air at a quicker pace. Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says the budget would be another blow to his southwestern district.      

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Leader in the Field
10:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Second Wind for Stability Tunnel at VT

If you think it’s windy outside, that’s nothing compared to the wind speeds inside the wind tunnel at Virginia Tech.  Built by NASA during World War Two to test aircraft stability, it remains one of the best of its kind in the world.

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Environment
12:24 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Another Potential Route Change for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia, may get a second change to its proposed path through the commonwealth. 

Spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Natalie Cox, says it will be weeks to months before the LLC planning the venture, completes contacting landowners and localities to see if any potential changes to the pipeline’s route are feasible. 

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