A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers say the Interior Department move to open up Virginia’s coast to drilling is raising more questions than answers.
Some proponents of drilling off Virginia’s coast are dubious. The maps of natural resources off the eastern coast haven’t been updated in three decades, and Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says he thinks energy companies are dubious of this administration’s energy policies and won’t want to invest the resources necessary.
Regulating utilities in Virginia is a complicated job, and making sense of the rules requires expertise that few voters have, so it’s no surprise that citizens hoping to stop Dominion’s Atlantic Pipeline were alarmed by a bill that would change the way gas companies recoup their investment in pipelines.
A plan is in the works for the future of an old growth forest on the Virginia Tech Campus known as Stadium Woods. Advocates are pleased, but remain concerned about exactly what that plan will look like.
The 300 year old remnant of a white Oak forest, today known as Stadium Woods, is sandwiched between Lane Stadium and other campus buildings and this has seemed to pit two passions against each other; the enthusiasm for sports and the high traffic that goes with it -- and the fervor to preserve what may be the only forest of its kind in the country, albeit a tiny one.
Dominion wrapped up a dozen public open houses this week – events designed to explain a natural gas pipeline it hopes to build from the fracking fields of West Virginia to markets in Virginia and North Carolina.
The road to the Augusta Expo Center was lined with lawn signs – some reading Protect Our Water – No Pipeline, and No Pipeline on our Farms and Forests, while other signs promised Safe Energy, Energy Jobs and Energy Independence. Inside, however, there appeared to be consensus.
Scientists say 50-year old water regulations are out of step with modern challenges to the country’s drinking water. Urban and agricultural runoff, fracking, and water shortages, have changed what gets into the water. Scientists are calling for a fresh look at the smell and taste of the country’s drinking water.
Municipal drinking water safety is carefully regulated by cities and towns; on up to the federal government, but when it comes to the taste of that water, not so much.