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With unanimous vote, Virginia county establishes strict parameters for future fracking

The Rappahannock River in King George County is one of many areas now better protected from industrial gas development and fracking thanks to new land-use ordinances. (© Charles Shoffner)

All four members of Virginia’s King George County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s public hearing voted to enact new land use laws to restrict oil and gas exploration, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The measures adopted protect 91 percent of the county from fracking.

With the vote, supervisors said they were representing the wishes of the county residents, who asked them to protect not only their drinking water but also the rural character and natural resources of their communities and landscape.

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Brock Environmental Center 1 of 11 Globally to Receive Living Building Challenge Certificate

First Building in US With Permit to Turn Rainwater into Drinking Water

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach has received a Living Building Challenge certification to recognize its adherence to one of the toughest and most prestigious building standards in the world. Skanska served as the owner’s representative and project manager guiding the project team through the design and construction of the facility.

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Brunswick Power Station Producing Electricity for Customers

Station uses efficient technology and clean natural gas

The newest member of Dominion Virginia Power's generation fleet, the 1,358 megawatt, environmentally clean Brunswick Power Station began producing electricity for the company's customers on Monday, April 25, 2016.

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Dominion's Project Plant It! Branches Out for 10th Anniversary

50,000 free redbud tree seedlings distributed to children in nine states in 2016; 350,000 seedlings distributed over 10 years

Project Plant It!, the environmental education program created by Dominion Resources, Inc., will celebrate a significant milestone this spring: 10 years of helping children learn about the important role of trees in the ecosystem. A hallmark of the program is the distribution of free redbud tree seedlings to all participating children, providing a memorable and meaningful way to celebrate Arbor Day (April 29).

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Dominion Continues Tradition by Awarding $1 Million in Environmental Grants

Since 2003, $26.7 million has been donated to projects that protect and improve the environment

Whether it's planting native trees, forging new trails or building boat ramps, this year's environmental grants will help fund a wide variety of initiatives to improve public spaces and preserve habitats for the benefit of nature lovers across the Dominion footprint. Dominion Resources is awarding $1 million in environmental grants through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation, to 67 organizations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2003, Dominion has donated $26.7 millionto support a wide variety of environmental projects.

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West Virginia Raw Milk: Making the Legal Illegal

What do you do if you oppose any raw milk distribution and your state legislature passes a law legalizing herd shares (arrangements where someone who purchases an ownership interest in dairy animals can obtain raw milk from the animals)? If you are the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), you issue regulations governing herd shares that are so costly and time consuming that no one can afford to comply with them. With a big push from DHHR, that’s what Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick did on June 27 when he issued emergency regulations governing shareholder dairies. For DHHR, the emergency is that someone may actually take advantage of the new law and start up a herd share operation.

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