Environment Archive

Groups seeking comprehensive U.S. review of natural gas pipelines

RICHMOND Federal regulators should review as a whole separate energy company proposals to build a network of natural gas pipelines through West Virginia and Virginia to assess their overall environmental impact and need, a coalition of pipeline opponents said Monday. They argued that individual reviews by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would be piecemeal and conducted in a vacuum.

Illegally imported Mongolian oak prompted charges against Lumber Liquidators, but what is it?

NORFOLK Lumber Liquidators agreed last week to pay $10 million to settle criminal charges that the Toano-based company illegally imported Mongolian oak from Eastern Russia to the United States. But what exactly is Mongolian Oak, and why doesn't the United States want an endless stream of it entering the country?

Reports: Giant prehistoric shark teeth wash up along North Carolina coast

Recent coastal storms may have churned up a few treasures along the North Carolina coast recently, including ancient shark teeth. A post on the Holly Ridge - Surf City Online Gazette Facebook page on Oct. 18 says several teeth recently found along the coast at North Topsail Beach and other southeastern North Carolina locations are the result of coastal storms and high tide cycles.

Park near Providence Road in Virginia Beach to close for six months

VIRGINIA BEACH Woodstock Cove Neighborhood Park near Providence Road will close for six months to undergo significant improvements. The park at 609 Woodstock Road will shut down Oct. 30 so crews can reconstruct the failing bank along the multiuse trail leading to the park.

Some gill nets banned in N.C. waters because of sea turtles

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. Waters in three parts of North Carolina are closed to gill nets because of interaction with sea turtles. The state Department of Environmental Quality says waters in eastern Pamlico Sound and the northern part of Core Sound are closed to anchored, large-mesh gill nets. Estuarine waters in the northeastern part of the state are closed to all anchored gill nets.

Interfaith summit seeks spiritual activism

VIRGINIA BEACH Water as symbol and sacrament has played a primary role in many different religions. But on Oct. 7, an interfaith environmental summit sounded the call that religion's saving waters need saving of their own.

Norfolk gets environmental award based on citizen survey

NORFOLK Thanks to its residents, the city has received the 2015 Voice of the People Award for Transformation in Natural Environment. 

The rest of the James River reopens to shellfish harvesting

 Shellfish harvesting on the James River, downstream of the James River Bridge, has reopened after an emergency closing earlier this month. This includes the tributaries of Ragged Island Creek, Chuckatuck Creek and Nansemond River, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Study: Norfolk will be among cities to sink into sea as climate heats up

Millions of Americans live on land destined to be reclaimed by rising sea levels, Hampton Roads residents included, and that number rises dramatically if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked or if West Antarctica’s ice sheet is as unstable as recent studies suggest, according to a new report.

Great Neck Park reopens after fox attacks two men

VIRGINIA BEACH Great Neck Park reopened Wednesday morning after an unsuccessful search for a fox that bit two men. After three days of searching, Virginia Beach Animal Control wasn't able to find the fox, which officials believed was sick because it bit two people in the same area Sunday.

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