Tag Archives: Virginia

Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands

SELC testifies before Congress on the need to consider the local communities impacted by natural gas pipelines on federal lands

By Augusta Free Press

Southern Environmental Law Center Senior Attorney Greg Buppert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday on the failure of the proposed National Energy Security Corridors Act to account for the significant impacts that natural gas pipelines crossing federal lands would have on the surrounding local communities and private property. The proposed legislation would allow pipelines to be sited through federal lands without providing the general public an opportunity to weigh in. Continue reading Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands

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UVA Students Join ‘Resistance Ride’ Against Proposed Pipeline

Photo by WVIR
Photo by WVIR

By WVIR

College students from across Virginia are teaming up to start their own protest to Dominion Resources’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The students will participate in a 10-day resistance ride along the proposed route for the natural gas pipeline. The 30 riders are part of a group called the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition.

They’re joining the movement against the energy company’s project, and hope to raise awareness in the communities the pipeline could affect. Continue reading UVA Students Join ‘Resistance Ride’ Against Proposed Pipeline

In Reversal, Virginia AG Says Localities May Ban Fracking

fracking-signBy Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued an official advisory opinion on May 5 holding that Virginia localities have the right to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) as part of their power to regulate land use within their boundaries. The letter reverses a two-year-old opinion by former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Herring’s opinion cites §15.2-2280 of the Virginia Code, which grants broad zoning powers to localities. These include the power to “regulate, restrict, permit, prohibit, and determine” land uses, such as “the excavation or mining of soil or other natural resources.” Thus, writes Herring, “I conclude that the General Assembly has authorized localities to pass zoning ordinances prohibiting fracking. The plain language of the stature also authorizes localities to regulate fracking in instances where it is permitted.” Continue reading In Reversal, Virginia AG Says Localities May Ban Fracking

Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

Protesters object to Dominion Resource's new natural gas infrastructure projects and its kundue influence as a utility in Virginia.
Protesters object to Dominion Resource’s new natural gas infrastructure projects and its undue influence as a utility in Virginia./Photo via CCAN
Protesters from Augusta Co. to Norfolk to Cove Point, Md. unite to challenge business practices wrecking communities and the climate

By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Glen Allen, Va.—Over 150 protesters from across Virginia and Maryland greeted Dominion Resources executives and board members arriving for the company’s annual shareholder meeting this morning, in a sign of the growing citizen backlash over the company’s dirty energy investments and dirty politics. (Click here to view photos.) Continue reading Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

By Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

A forum on climate change held last Wednesday in Richmond was supposed to be about moving to clean energy, but it sometimes seemed to be more of a platform for Governor Terry McAuliffe to tout plans for more natural gas and nuclear energy in the Commonwealth. It wasn’t that he neglected energy efficiency, wind and solar—he had plenty of good things to say about these, and even a few initiatives to boast of. It was just that they paled against the backdrop of massive new natural gas and nuclear projects, to which he seems even more firmly committed.

The event was a conference called “The Next Frontier of Climate Change,” organized by The New Republic magazine and the College of William and Mary. Moderator Jeffrey Ball of Stanford University shaped the conference as a series of interviews, beginning with Governor McAuliffe. You can see video of the interview here. Continue reading McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

windturbineBy Jacob Geiger, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two massive wind turbines will be built in the Atlantic Ocean about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Tuesday that it has issued the lease to Virginia — the first state to sign a lease with the federal agency. Continue reading Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent at FERC scoping meeting on M<arch 18, 2015/Photo via Friends of Nelson
A Buckingham resident objects to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline encroaching on local property/Photo via Friends of Nelson

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

If nothing else, a ruling Tuesday by a judge in Suffolk Circuit Court delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s campaign to gain access to about 50 acres of private property in the city without the owner’s permission to survey for a possible route for a portion of the interstate natural gas pipeline.

Judge Carl Eason found that Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s notice to Davis Boulevard LLC, a residential developer, of the pipeline company’s intent to survey the property without permission was flawed because the notification came from Dominion Transmission Inc. — one of the partners for the proposed pipeline — and not Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said the ruling is largely a technical matter and will not impact the project schedule. New letters will be sent from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he said.

Even though the ruling focuses on a single case in Suffolk, a lawyer from the Norfolk firm of Waldo and Lyle who represented Davis Boulevard LLC and its managing partner believes Eason’s decision could have broader implications and consequences for the project. Continue reading Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline