Tag: drilling

Locals, environmental groups raise concerns over fracking standards

Local residents and community activists joined environmental and social justice groups to call for a comprehensive study and review of state fracking standards.

Lessons from BP: Is off-shore drilling any safer for the environment today?

Is off-shore drilling any safer for the environment today given lessons learned from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?

Environment Virginia

Group: Five-year anniversary of BP disaster shows drilling too risky for Virginia coast

Earlier this year the Obama administration proposed opening up a huge swath of the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. On the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Environment Virginia called on the president to protect Virginia’s coastal marine-life, communities and economy.

Wild Virginia weighs in on George Washington National Forest plan

After more than seven years of stop-and-go progress, the George Washington National Forest finally has a new Forest Plan to guide management for the next 10-15 years.

Warner, Kaine weigh in on Geroge Washington National Forest Plan

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement of a management plan for the George Washington National Forest.

Conservationists applaud keeping George Washington National Forest lands closed to drilling, fracking

Local conservation groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest unavailable for oil and gas drilling.

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.

Single-vehicle crash at Mile 96 off Interstate 64 in Augusta County

At 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash along the eastbound lanes of I-64 near the 96 mile marker in Augusta County.

Lynchburg VDOT District Traffic Alert: Sept. 8-12

Highway work requiring road/lane./structure closures in the Lynchburg VDOT District is scheduled, weather permitting.

Southern Environmental Law Center statement on proposed Dominion pipeline

The following is a statement from Greg Buppert, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, on the proposed Dominion pipeline.

Risky oil drilling off Atlantic beaches raises multiple concerns

Opening up the Mid and South Atlantic coast to risky oil drilling is ill-advised, according to comments submitted this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by 27 citizens groups regarding the government’s proposed 2017-2022 leasing of the Atlantic Coast to oil companies for drilling.

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.

Clemson Press Conference: Cole Stoudt

ACC Football Kickoff interview with Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt.

Survey, geotech crews to begin work along Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County

Survey, geology, and environmental crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will soon begin working in several areas along Route 29 north of Charlottesville as preliminary engineering work begins on the Route 29 corridor improvement projects that were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in its annual update of the Six-Year Improvement Program.

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Salem Red Sox losing streak now at four

Jonathan Dziedzic remained perfect into the fifth and struck out eight Red Sox in seven superb innings to lead Wilmington to the winner’s circle on Tuesday night, downing Salem 4-1 at Frawley Stadium.

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Winston-Salem pounds Salem Red Sox, 15-9

Joey DeMichele reached base six times, Courtney Hawkins launched another home run, and the visiting Dash erupted for 15 runs on 17 hits in a 15-9 triumph over the Salem Red Sox on Sunday night.

New website helps citizens protect national forests from fracking

Citizen groups debuted a new website this week that will educate the public about the impacts of oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing on National Forests in the eastern U.S. and provide them with tools to evaluate and challenge drilling and fracking proposals.

Allen talks up new jobs ‘blueprint’

Lower taxes, drilling and a balanced budget amendment – to George Allen, it’s a blueprint for economic rebirth; to his critics, it’s the boilerplate that sank the American economy during his term in the United States Senate. “The strength, skills and optimism of America’s workforce is our competitive advantage. By shedding the burdensome taxes that […]

Environmental group praises delay on offshore drilling

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The U.S. Minerals Management Service announced today that it is postponing indefinitely the public-comment period and the public hearings that were scheduled in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina in the coming weeks on the proposed sale for oil and gas drilling off Virginia’s shore.

Sierra Club: McDonnell misses ‘big picture’ on drilling

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club today issued its response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s recent letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar regarding Virginia offshore drilling and lease sale. “In his rush to accelerate Virginia offshore drilling, Mr. McDonnell is not considering the big picture,” said Glen Besa, director […]

Letter | McDonnell’s claims on drilling ‘tenuous at best’

  Letter from J.R. Tolbert, Richmond, Va. Submit letters to the editor: freepress2@ntelos.net I am writing in response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s desire to drill off the coast of Virginia. Mr. McDonnell’s arguments in favor of drilling make claims to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to the state. These claims are […]

McDonnell: Va. ‘eager to get started’ on offshore drilling

Gov.-elect writes letter to Secretary of Interior to push ’11 lease sale Staff Report McDonnell online: www.bobmcdonnell.com Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell today released a letter that he sent last week to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cautioning against any delay in a scheduled 2011 lease sale involving drilling interests off the Virginia coast. The letter […]

A lot of to-do about nothing

Special Commentary by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I can’t tell if this latest bit of misinformation involving Bob Goodlatte is from his congressional office or his campaign office – for some reason, I’ve not been getting news releases from either for a few months now – or if it’s the result of overzealousness on the part of […]