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Fracking Sites on Middle Peninsula?

August 9, 2014

From 6 - 8 PM on Tuesday, August 19th, the Virginia Conservation Network will conduct a Summer Workshop on Fracking in Virginia at the Ernie Morgan Center located at 3500-A Granby St, in Norfolk. Hear how the fracking boom has affected neighboring states and may affect the Tidewater area and possibly the Chesapeake Bay. Read more »

VEC, DMME Host 2014 Energy Plan Listening Sessions

June 18, 2014
The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, an update to the 2010 Virginia Energy Plan, is in process. Gov. McAuliffe's newly formed Virginia Energy Council and the Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy will hold six public listening sessions across the state.  The Hampton Roads event is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and will be held at ODU's Webb University Center located at 49th St. and Bluestone Ave. Parking is available in Parking Garage E. Read more »

350.org "Do the Math" Tour followed by CCAN March to Whitehouse

Nov. 12, 2012
It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all. As part of a nationwide tour to build a movement that will change the math of the climate, Bill McKibben and 350.org will be holding a "Do the Math" tour event starting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 17th at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance. Read more »

$76,000,000 Bonus to Dominion Power for Green Energy?

Sept. 28, 2012

On Monday, October 1st our sister organization the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) kicks off a week-long action at Dominion's headquarters in Richmond, to protest the energy provider's cashing in on a "Green Energy Program" which to date has produced not a watt of clean energy here in Virginia.

Consider the following:

  • There are zero utility scale wind or solar projects in Virginia
  • Dominion gets a $76 million reward from it's customers for buying predominantly out of state, decades old Renewable Energy Credits
  • Dominion's Green Power Program doesn't change their generation profile
  • Dominion's 15 year energy plan has no strategy for developing wind or solar power in Virginia
  • Dominion just brought online a brand new coal plant in Wise County

Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" 50th Anniversary Event

Sept. 21, 2012

Fifty years ago this month, the publication of Rachel Carson's seminal environmental work - Silent Spring -  warned of the dangers pesticides posed to the food chain.  Drawing on published scientific studies Ms. Carson clearly demonstrated how applying toxic chemicals such as DDT to kill bugs would then permeate the food chain at multiple levels, endangering fish, birds and eventually harming children.

Over the next several months following the publication of Silent Spring, Ms. Carson would be maligned by opponents and praised by supporters.  As a result of Ms. Carson's work, the John F. Kennedy President's Scientific Advisory Committee recommended phasing out persistent toxic chemicals, including DDT.  Read more »

Decades of Menhaden Overfishing Takes Toll

The menhaden is a diminutive fish that is rich in protein.  Each year tens of thousands of tons of this fish are harvested and processed in Reedville, Virginia, then turned into fish oil for human food supplements and food for livestock.

This small resident of the Chesapeake Bay plays an important role in the food chain that supports local wildlife including osprey and striped bass.  As industrial fishing practices continue to diminish the menhaden population, the health of the Bay ecosystem and those species that depend on the menhaden to survive are adversely affected. 

The question of what actions can be taken to preserve a fishery that is sustainable and healthy will be discussed at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park Nature Center starting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th. Read more »

Power Company Suspends Effort to Build Coal Plant

August 8, 2012

As originally reported by Tom Pelton of Bay Daily

In what appears to be a major victory for clean air and water activists, the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has announced that it has suspended its attempts to obtain permits for what would be the largest coal-fired power plant ever built in Virginia, the proposed Cypress Creek plant in Dendron.

“New regulations proposed by the U.S. EPA, as well as changes in market conditions, have led ODEC to suspend permitting activity for Cypress Creek for the time being,” Mary Howell, ODEC’s manager of public relations, wrote in a statement emailed today. “ODEC is presently evaluating alternative sources of power supply.” 

If, in fact, ODEC decides to drop the plans to build the 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Surry County, Virginia, that would mean cleaner water for the Chesapeake Bay, and cleaner air for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, including the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Read more »

Carbon Offsets at William & Mary offer Local Impact

W&M Carbon Offset Program Most of us want to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide someone else is putting into the atmosphere.  But when it comes to turning the spotlight on our own activities, it can become a little uncomfortable.  For example, do we give up a family reunion in California because, added to all of our other activities, it makes our carbon footprint look like that of a dinosaur?  One way to compensate is to use carbon offset programs.

Carbon Offset programs suggest a donation to create a positive action for the environment to counterbalance our actions which might negatively affect the environment – (like the carbon dioxide emitted by that airplane on our round trip flight to California). Read more »