VA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Responsible for Union Hill Mistakes

January 13, 2020

Virginia DEQ’s failure on compressor station review is another sign new leadership is needed From an Article by Vivian Thomson, Virginia Mercury, January 9, 2020 On January 7, 2019, I posed the following question about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station proposed for Union Hill: “Is an African-American community in rural Virginia the right place [...]

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ACP Union Hill Compressor Station Permit Overturned By Federal Court

January 12, 2020

Federal court overturns Union Hill compressor station permit From an Article by Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury, January 7, 2020 Calling Virginia’s review of a controversial compressor station in the historic Buckingham County freedmen’s community of Union Hill “arbitrary and capricious,” a federal court on Tuesday stripped the facility of its permit and ordered the State [...]

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Major Oil Companie$ Propose to Come Clean Eventually

January 11, 2020

We Can’t Slow Climate Change Without the Energy Companies From an Article by Ted Halstead — Climate Leadership Council, New York Times, January 10, 2020 There is a real danger that the climate debate is deteriorating into a game of name-calling, with oil and gas companies all too often portrayed as opponents of climate progress. [...]

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Public Concern Mounts Over Low Tax Rate for 2nd Longview Power Plant

January 10, 2020

Green groups protest proposed new Longview Power plants From an Article by David Beard, Morgantown Dominion Post, January 6, 2020 MORGANTOWN — Some members of the green community assembled on the Courthouse Square Monday afternoon to protest the proposed construction of two new Longview Power plants – one gas-fired, one solar. The Mon Valley Clean [...]

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Penna. Pipeline Blast of 9/10/18 Results in $30 Million Fine, But the Public is Not Very Well Protected

January 9, 2020

PA Levies Record $30M Fine Against Energy Transfer Pipeline Company From an Article by Reid Frazier, State Impact PA, January 6, 2020 STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced an agreement Friday that includes a record fine against the company responsible for a 2018 natural gas pipeline explosion in Beaver County. The [...]

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Climate Change is Absolutely Devastating in Australia

January 8, 2020

Cattle have stopped breeding, koalas die of thirst: A vet’s hellish diary of climate change From an Article by Gundi Rhoades, Sydney Morning Herald, December 26, 2019 Bulls cannot breed at Inverell. They are becoming infertile from their testicles overheating. Mares are not falling pregnant, and through the heat, piglets and calves are aborting. My [...]

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The Challenge of Justifying PILOT Tax Avoidance for Longview Power

January 7, 2020

Consider the Longview II PILOT Agreement for New Power Plant By Kelly Allen, WV Center on Budget & Policy, December 10, 2019 While local government agencies have not disclosed the forgone revenue estimates from the Longview I or II PILOT agreements, we can estimate the value of the tax expenditure by looking at what Longview [...]

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Alternative Energy Can Now Compete With New Gas Fired Power Plants

January 6, 2020

Efficiency makes clean energy cost-competitive with new gas power plants Article by Maggie Molina, Senior Director for Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, September 23, 2019 Clean energy, including wind, solar, storage, energy efficiency, and demand flexibility, has reached an economic tipping point and is now cost-competitive with natural gas power generation, according to [...]

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Longview Power Case #19-0890-E-CS-CN @ WV Public Service Commission

January 5, 2020

CASE NO. 19-0890-E-CS-CN, Longview Submission 11/06/19 LONGVIEW POWER II, LLC, and LONGVIEW RENEWABLE POWER, LLC Joint Application of Longview Power II, LLC and Longview Renewable Power, LLC to Authorize the Construction and Operation of Two Wholesale Electric Generating Facilities and One High-Voltage Electric Transmission Line in Monongalia County. NOTICE OF FILING AND HEARING On September [...]

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Longview Tax Breaks are Excessive, actually Inappropriate, and possibly Illegal

January 4, 2020

Longview can build power plant, but shouldn’t get tax breaks Op-Ed Letter to State Journal, WV News, December 16, 2019 The December 2nd editorial by Jeffrey Keffer (President, Longview Power) asks for our support for the proposed Longview II gas-fired power plant and complains about “extreme environmental organizations” opposing the project. In particular, they are [...]

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