Sarah Vogelsong

California’s 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars set to apply to Virginia

By: - August 29, 2022

Many states, including NC’s neighbor to the north, have linked their laws to California’s clean car standards California’s decision to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars beginning in 2035 will also halt the sale of such vehicles in Virginia due to a 2021 law linking the commonwealth to the western state’s vehicle emissions standards, […]

Federal appeals court deals another setback to proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

By: - January 27, 2022

A federal appeals court has again rejected permits issued by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management allowing Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross three and a half miles and four streams in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia. In its ruling issued Tuesday, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of […]

EPA recommends that Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline stream crossing permit

By: - July 9, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline a critical permit to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia. “EPA has identified a number of substantial concerns with the project as currently proposed, including whether all feasible avoidance and minimization measures have been […]

US Supreme Court hands win to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but other hurdles remain for project

By: and - June 16, 2020

By Sarah Vogelsong and Lisa Sorg The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile natural gas pipeline being built by utility heavyweights Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, can cross beneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. But the 7-2 decision, penned by Justice Clarence Thomas […]

Environmental advocates, fossil fuel industry debate Atlantic Coast Pipeline at the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Where does a trail end and the land beneath it begin? That’s just one of the thorny questions the Supreme Court grappled with Monday morning during a one-hour hearing on a U.S. Forest Service permit for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The hearing has been hotly anticipated by both the gas and oil industry, which supports the pipeline, and the environmental advocacy community, which opposes the project.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Atlantic Coast Pipeline case

By: - October 4, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will review a decision by a federal court of appeals that threw up a major barrier to construction of a 600-mile natural gas pipeline being developed by Dominion Energy. The order by the court consolidates two cases brought by environmental groups against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline […]