Environment

Volunteers in the Effort
3:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Preparing for Fire Season in the Shenandoah National Park

Jeff Koenig, National Park Service

While firefighters have their hands full out west, Virginia’s gearing up for the start of a second fire season. 

Jeff Koenig has been battling forest fires for 35 years – nearly a decade here in the Shenandoah National Park .  Out west, he says, the forest dries out in summer.  Not so in Virginia.

“Y’know the leaves coming back on, the green grass, we traditionally have a lot of summer thunderstorms that keep things pretty wet around here.”

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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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