Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Changing the Path of the Pipeline

Oct 12, 2015

There’s been strong public opposition to plans for a pipeline to carry natural gas 560 miles -- from the fracking fields of West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.  Now, Dominion Virginia Power says it will change the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline -- a change that could affect property owners in Augusta County.

Deciding where the pipeline would travel in Virginia has been a contentious process, with many people in its path objecting.  Some fear construction or a leak could contaminate public water supplies, and Dominion has agreed to make a change.

Blacksburg is joining the list of southwestern Virginia Towns with high speed chargers for Electric Vehicles or EVs.  Virginia Clean Cities  has already put twenty of them in places like Richmond, Hampton Rhodes, and Charlottesville.

Many of these “DC Fast Chargers” around the state are free to use. It's part of plan to help create an infrastructure for plug in cars.  Matt Wade is Deputy Director of Virginia Clean Cities. He says it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ situation they’re trying to address.

Bill Portlock, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Fones Cliffs along the Rappahannock River in Richmond County is a favorite place for bald eagles to gather, to sleep, and to watch for their next meal in the river and marshes below. But a plan for a commercial development is pitting conservationists against entrepreneurs.

Miami-based Diatomite Corporation of America wants to rezone their 975-acre property and begin building a championship golf course, restaurant and bar and more than 700 houses. Depending on whose side you're on, the development will either join or displace the bald eagles atop the cliffs.

Permit for VA Solar Farm Authorized

Sep 28, 2015

This morning Governor McAuliffe, his chief of Environmental Quality, and the Secretary of Natural Resources traveled from Richmond to the northern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore to personally deliver a very special document, the first of its kind in the state.

Tiny Country May Beat Virginia to the Wind Power Punch

Sep 24, 2015

This week, Dominion Virginia Power said it still hoped to build a couple of wind turbines off Virginia Beach.  The federal government has promised more than $50 million for planning and construction, but the utility could only find one company willing to build the demonstration project, and it wanted far more money than the firm was willing to pay.  Dominion says it will seek a new round of bids early next year.

Meanwhile, a tiny country in Europe is on track to build 150 wind turbines off its coast.

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