Laurence Hammack covers environmental issues, including the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and business and enterprise stories. He has been a reporter for The Roanoke Times for more than three decades.
In a step forward for a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County, the FAA has determined that turbines reaching as far as 680 feet into the sky from the top of a mountain would “not constitute a hazard to air navigation.”
The latest problems with muddy runoff streaming from construction sites along the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through Southwest Virginia have been resolved, with the company paying $58,000 in fines.
Two years after a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to pass through the Jefferson National Forest was struck down, a new plan will soon be unveiled. The U.S. Forest Service plans to release a draft report on the pipeline’s environmental impacts forest by September.
About $300,000 should go to businesses in the New River Valley that are struggling with COVID-19, a panel recommended.
The joint venture of five energy companies building the pipeline still lacks three sets of key permits that must be re-granted if the project is to be finished by early next year.
Mountain Valley Pipeline has agreed to pay $8,000 of the $86,000 demanded by Virginia regulators for the latest environmental violations caused by building the natural gas pipeline.
Plans are moving forward to run the Appalachian Trail across a pedestrian bridge, giving hikers a safer route as they begin the popular trek t…