Tag Archives: Virginia

Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

By pontoon, Blue Virginia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental Impact Study scoping meeting was held Wednesday night in Nelson before a standing-room-only crowd in the 600-seat auditorium at Nelson County High School. FERC had “invited” several state police officers to maintain order. We welcomed them and told them we promised to behave. Continue reading Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

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State Agency Denies Dominion’s Request to Skip More Financial Scrutiny

dominionlogoBy Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post

State regulators on Friday denied a new request from Dominion Virginia Power to keep some financial information secret during an upcoming public review.

Dominion’s request came just weeks after the General Assembly took away the State Corporation Commission’s authority to order customer rate cuts or refunds through 2022. Continue reading State Agency Denies Dominion’s Request to Skip More Financial Scrutiny

Dominion’s Promises Vanish Into Thin Air

dominionlogoBy The Virginian Pilot

Three days.

That’s how long it took Dominion Virginia Power to abandon its pledge of transparency for a law that eliminated state regulation of its base electricity rates until 2020.

Republican and Democratic supporters of SB1349, sponsored by Virginia Beach’s Sen. Frank Wagner, touted the measure as a way to lock in current base rates and protect Dominion’s customers from paying more because of federal environmental regulations.

In exchange, the utility agreed to absorb any losses, let this year’s review of base rates proceed, boost its use of renewable energy sources and permit state regulators to inspect its financials. Continue reading Dominion’s Promises Vanish Into Thin Air

Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Groups claim federal agency facilitates fracking for shale gas
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Photo by Erik McGregor

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.

The alliance includes: Huntington-based OVEC; the Allegheny Defense Project in Pennsylvania; the FreshWater Accountability Project in Ohio; and, Virginia-based Wild Virginia. Continue reading Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

One possible alternate route would now turn south halfway between Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst, running down past Wintergreen Resort.

By Calvin Trice, News Leader

WINTERGREEN – Wintergreen Resort officials are withholding public judgment on the route being studied for a natural gas pipeline that would take construction near their attractions.

The recreation company has no comment this early in the planning stages for the alternative study corridor Dominion has mapped as part of its planned, 550-mile transmission line, said Betsy Dunkerton, Wintergreen spokeswoman. Continue reading No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

By Martin Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND — A new economic study says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will generate $377 million in annual energy savings — $243 million in Virginia alone — by expanding the availability of natural gas and driving down the price for utilities and commercial and residential consumers.

The study by ICF International, based in Fairfax and Houston, says those savings will stimulate business growth and consumer spending that will create jobs, raise labor income and expand the economies of Virginia and North Carolina. Continue reading Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

Dominion Identifies Alternative Routes for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

ACP_AlternativesBy Rachael Smith, Nelson County Times

Dominion Resources has identified new potential alternate routes for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that, if approved and built, would transport natural gas from West Virginia southward through Nelson County and into North Carolina.

Dominion Resources Director of Communications Jim Norvelle said letters were planned to be sent Monday to landowners along the alternate routes seeking permission to survey. Continue reading Dominion Identifies Alternative Routes for Atlantic Coast Pipeline