Environment

New Fee Proposed
4:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

"Standby" Charges for Solar Customers

Credit Chesapeake Climate Action Network

A new fee on solar electricity is being proposed by Appalachian Power Company.  Solar advocates in Blacksburg hope to persuade regulators that adding additional costs will hamper the push toward renewable energy, which is part of a state mandate. 

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Protecting the Aquifer
4:47 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Input on Fracking

State officials met with Tidewater communities this week who are trying to learn as much as they can about potential fracking on 84,000 leased acres close to the Chesapeake Bay.

Some of the sites are at the doorsteps of  George Washington and Robert E. Lee's birthplaces.

The region may have the most stringent regulatory protections and the commitment of two state officials to protect the area's heritage, but that may not last.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
5:56 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Virginia Gas Pipeline Plans Move Forward

Credit ap.org

The press releases were flying Tuesday as two North Carolina companies announced they would work with Dominion Power to build a 550-mile gas pipeline through Virginia.  Governor Terry McAuliffe called a news conference to express his support for the project, and environmentalists expressed dismay. 

 

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Fracking Opponents Object
3:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Atlantic Pipeline

Credit AP

Fracking has produced massive amounts of natural gas in West Virginia.  North Carolina and Virginia want some. 

Now, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have announced they would team up with AGL and Richmond-based Dominion to make that possible -- building a pipeline through Virginia.  The news provoked an outcry from the environmental community and grassroots groups.
 

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Citizen's Brigade with a Decade of Data
4:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

StreamWatch

Credit StreamWatch

Analyzing water is a complicated business.  It can contain any number of pollutants and require a variety of regulations to clean it up, but the state of Virginia is using a simpler approach – letting nature determine water quality, and asking citizens to help.

On a sunny weekday afternoon, four people arrive at a one-lane bridge northeast of Charlottesville, unpacking a car loaded with mysterious gear – nets, gloves and waders, a table and chairs.  They could easily be mistaken for picnickers.  In fact, they’re on a more serious mission.

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