Garrett Beck, Deerfield Va. This photo was taken at Marble Valley Farms.

Law enforcement officers and volunteers searched through the night for the pilot of a Massachusetts National Guard aircraft that went down Wednesday in a mountainous section of Augusta County.  

Federal Rulings on Crude Oil Rail Shipments

Jul 24, 2014
LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg, via Associated Press

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are applauding action by the U-S Department of Transportation aimed at improving the safety of crude oil rail shipments.

The action follows the derailment of 17 cars in downtown Lynchburg a few months ago.

The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulations are available for review and the public has 60 days to offer comment on them.

A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.


As more commuters turn to bicycles as an alternative method of transportation, lawmakers say everyone must rethink how we take to the roads.

That approach is now reflected in a new law that takes effect on July 1st.  The law will require motorists to allow three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists.

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.