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Governor Northam and Legislative Leaders Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Coal Ash...

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From Gov. Northam's office. Governor Northam and Legislative Leaders Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Coal Ash Clean Up ~ Legislation will protect water quality by removing more...

Corporate greed trumps human need: Dominion is at it again

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It's not often that Corey Stewart and I are on the same side of an issue, but as they say, "a stopped clock is...

U.S. District Judge Finds That Dominion Power Violated Clean Water Act...

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Looks like the judge in this case "split the baby," so to speak, giving something to everyone. In sum: "the Court finds that Dominion...

New Polling: Virginians Overwhelmingly Oppose New Fracked Gas Pipelines, Dominion’s Approach...

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A few minutes ago, I got off a conference call organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), and including several other speakers from...

Exposé Shows Dominion’s Influence Clouds Top Levels of Coal Ash Decision-Making...

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A classic case of corruption and a governmental regulatory agency "captured" by the very industries/companies it is SUPPOSED to be regulating. Not that I'm...

Burned Once, Chesapeake Shouldn’t Trust Dominion Virginia Power

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Kingston Fossil Plant retention overflow photo 140714CUAandSMagazine_zpsbe6e7335.jpgChesapeake is concerned. The City Manager indicates that this issue rises from the Dan River spill last February and the city's action to protect the Elizabeth River is not directed at Dominion. But there's history there and Dominion has provided no reason to trust its motives.

This isn't just Chesapeake's concern. The Elizabeth is really only a tidal estuary that runs to the mouth of the James River on the way to the Chesapeake Bay through Portsmouth and Norfolk. It is about six miles long. The Dan River spill created a 70 mile coating of toxic sludge. So this should have the attention of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore too. But Chesapeake is center stage because it already knows how difficult it is to force Dominion Power to take responsibility for its mess.

Battlefield Golf Club was built using fly ash. Something the coal power industry has been advertising as a "good thing" in an attempt to rid itself of this pesky poisonous residue of energy production. Maybe if they can just spread all of it thin enough over hill and dale, insert it into concrete, and sweep it into wastewater systems no one will notice the damage. The proper cost of disposal has never been calculated into the cost of energy produced from coal. War on coal? How about coal's war on the planet?

Now almost five years into litigation over the damage caused during the Battlefield Golf Club construction, only one thing is clear: once any area is contaminated, you have to wait for a proper class to fall victim to the damage before anything can be recovered. That is essentially what is going on with the lawsuits over the golf course. For now the damage has been "limited" to the ground water under the golf course. And since the local residents have been connected to city water on Dominion's dime, the judge has basically said that they have not been damaged. The Environmental Protection Agency's findings of that limited damage have actually helped the defendants' case(s). Residents will have to wait for cancer, birth defects, or however this eventually manifests to demonstrate they have been harmed.