Tag: natural gas

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Concern for the New Generation calls for community veto of natural gas station

Concern for the New Generation has launched a campaign calling for a community veto of a proposed natural gas compressor station.


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The nose is key to natural gas safety

Your individual sense of smell is important to remaining safe around natural gas.


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$2.1 million investment by Columbia Gas of Virginia to upgrade natural gas pipelines in Staunton

A $2.1 million investment replacing aging natural gas pipelines in Staunton by Columbia Gas of Virginia will start this week.


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Columbia Gas of Virginia reduces natural gas prices 7.5 percent

Columbia Gas of Virginia customers continue to benefit from low natural gas commodity prices with a 7.5 percent reduction in total customer bills.


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Smell rotten eggs? Call 911

Columbia Gas of Virginia adds an odorant called “Mercaptan” to the natural gas system which gives it a distinctive smell that is similar to Rotten Eggs.


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Columbia Gas of Virginia eliminates cast iron from natural gas infrastructure

Columbia Gas of Virginia has eliminated the final segment of cast iron pipe from the company’s 5,000-mile underground natural gas pipeline infrastructure.


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Natural gas prices 11 percent lower for Columbia Gas of Virginia customers from last winter

Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will benefit from lower natural gas bills this winter compared to last winter.


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Groups seek to block new natural gas export facility in Maryland

Several groups have filed arguments against the continued construction of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay at Lusby, Maryland.


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Governor McAuliffe issues gag order to state agencies on natural gas pipelines

On Tuesday, The Roanoke Times reported that the decision to share pipeline comments with the governor’s office before making them public was one outcome of an Oct. 28 meeting in Richmond that included representatives from 13 state agencies involved in the permitting process or mitigation efforts for the proposed pipelines. The Times reported the purpose of coordinating with the Governor’s office was to “ensure that state agencies will speak about the pipeline projects in the same way.”


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Smell rotten eggs? Take action, tell Columbia Gas of Virginia

Because natural gas is odorless and colorless, a rotten eggs smell is injected into the underground natural gas distribution system as an early warning safety alert that natural gas may be escaping from the underground pipelines.


Learn about Cove Point: Fracked gas export terminal

Cove Point, the the first liquefied fracked gas export terminal to be built on the East Coast, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are directly connected in ways that are both insidious and dangerous for citizens of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.


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PGC Report: U.S. natural gas resources at record levels, up 5 percent

The American Gas Association (AGA), in coordination with the Potential Gas Committee (PGC), today released the PGC’s year-end 2014 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States.


Environmental groups align efforts to challenge FERC pipeline projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is not informing the public about the big picture when it comes to natural gas infrastructure projects related to increased gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations according to several environmental groups.


Friends of Nelson, Augusta County Alliance join forces on Dominion pipeline fight

Friends of Nelson and the Augusta County Alliance, two citizen groups that have led the opposition to Dominion’s proposed 42-inch, high pressure nature gas pipeline, have joined forces in order to produce an economic report countering the purported economic benefits of Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


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Tim Kaine: Keystone pipeline would take U.S. in wrong direction

In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine reiterated his opposition to legislation that would mandate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.


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Tim Kaine introduces bill to streamline American LNG imports

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and six other colleagues to introduce the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.


A brief history of agricultural time

Agricultural methods over the past 12,000 years have been responsible for two-thirds of our excess greenhouse gases, essentially mining soil carbon and converting it to carbon dioxide and methane, beginning a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.


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Tim Kaine speech on Senate floor on Keystone pipeline

Sen. Tim Kaine remarks on the Senate floor before the vote on a resolution related to the proposed Keystone pipeline.


Sierra Club responses to George Washington National Forest Plan

The U.S. Forest Service today released a new plan for how the George Washington National Forest will be used and managed in the future.


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Charlottesville is quarterfinalist for $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize

The City of Charlottesville is a quarterfinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a nationwide competition for small-to-medium sized communities to compete to win a $5 million grand prize by saving energy.


Earth Talk: Should plastic bags be banned?

California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


Conference to cover natural gas pipeline safety

More than 300 natural gas operators and pipeline contractors vital to the success of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s programs for pipeline safety will be attending the 23rd annual conference hosted by the State Corporation Commission.


Dominion pipeline event brings out hundreds of Augusta County residents

Hundreds of Augusta County residents descended upon Augusta Expo in Fishersville into Monday evening to get a look at Dominion’s plans for a pipeline that would bisect the region.


Coalition forms over proposed Dominion pipeline

A coalition of 22 organizations from across Virginia and West Virginia has formed the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance in response to the September 2 announcement of the proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline from Harrison County, W.Va., to Robeson County, N.C.


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League of Conservation Voters expresses concern over Dominion pipeline

Today, Governor McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a collaborative project between ­Dominion Power, AGL Resources, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Resources to build a natural gas pipeline that will fully bisect our Commonwealth.


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Friends of Nelson comments on Dominion pipeline

As expected, Duke Energy has selected Dominion Resources and its subsidiaries to build and operate a massive new natural gas pipeline slicing through the heart of central Appalachia and Virginia’s Southside.


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McAuliffe touts controversial Dominion pipeline

Today at a press conference in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Dominion Resources CEO Tom Farrell and Hank Linginfelter, EVP Distribution Operations, AGL Resources and Chairman, Virginia Natural Gas,announced the considerable economic benefits that the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline will bring to the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced by Dominion and its partners.


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Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources announce pipeline plans

Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) and AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) – announced today the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


Oil, gas drilling permits under review by state agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that two Virginia agencies have signed an agreement on coordinating environmental reviews of potential permits for oil and gas drilling in the Coastal Plain that includes Tidewater.


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Opposition to Dominion pipeline grows in Nelson County

Friends of Nelson, one of several groups opposing Dominion’s proposed 42” natural gas pipeline, calls the project incompatible with the tourism and agricultural way of life in the mountainous rural county.


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Warner leads group urging Obama to oppose sale of French warships to Russia

In a bipartisan letter to President Obama, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Bill Keating (D-MA) urged the President to strongly oppose the sale of French warships to Russia.


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


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Tim Kaine: On EPA move on power plant emissions

Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.


White House issues energy report

Today, the White House released a report, “An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” detailing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.


Study outlines plan for CO2 reduction from U.S. power sector

A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy.


Report: Energy efficiency is America’s cheapest energy resource

According to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity.


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Warner: Obama needs to raise energy security issues at EU summit

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today urged President Obama to use next week’s U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels to propose a joint U.S.-E.U. initiative on energy security to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s energy influence on Ukraine and other European nations.


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Warner pushes expedited response to natural gas export applications

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced bipartisan proposals to expedite the U.S. Department of Energy’s review of applications to export U.S. natural gas.


Earth Talk: Cap and trade strategies to reduce carbon emissions

Cap and trade, whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate.