An environmental group is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the comment period for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipe Line. The deadline was this past Tuesday, June 16TH. It’s one of several requests for more time to discuss the potential impact of several pipelines proposed for the region.
A government agency has moved to protect thousands of square miles of ocean bottom habitat – including areas off the Virginia coast – from damage by commercial fishing operations.....and a thriving elk population in southwest Virginia has created complications for state wildlife managers. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
A poll by the National Resources Defense Council shows 88% of Virginians want the state to use more wind and solar power, and the federal government has offered the state $47 million to build a couple of turbines offshore, but Dominion Power is hesitant.
Virginia is blessed with 112 miles of coastline. Twenty-seven miles out, the water is still relatively shallow, making it ideal for construction of wind turbines, and there’s usually a steady ocean breeze.