September 12, 2023

Celebrating one year of the Inflation Reduction Act: How Virginians Can Benefit

About a year ago, on August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was passed by Congress and signed into law. This landmark legislation intended to tackle inflation, lower costs for Americans, accelerate the deployment of clean-energy technology, combat climate change, and advance environmental justice. As we mark the first anniversary of the IRA, let’s… Read more

September 11, 2023

Stopping PFAS Pollution at its Source

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – “forever chemicals” – threatens our health and our environment. Initial studies conducted by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have confirmed PFAS contamination in surface waters, groundwater, and drinking water throughout the state. To address this pollution and public health problem,… Read more

September 5, 2023

Connecting Wildlife Habitats for Virginia’s Flora and Fauna

Wildlife must be able to move through our landscapes to acquire resources, find genetically diverse mates, and adapt to a changing climate. Roads, development, and other infrastructure can impede wildlife movement and create dangerous scenarios on our roadways for both wildlife and people. Virginia continues to build a network of connected landscapes and reduce human-wildlife… Read more

Brown pelican flying low over the water at sunset at Phoebus Waterfront Park in Hampton, Virginia.
August 28, 2023

Enforcing Virginia Water Quality Standards

This is the second in a series of four blogs including policy papers from the annual publication called “Our Common Agenda,” which is organized by the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) to bring together the many conservation partners from across the state, address pressing environmental concerns, and offer solutions. Wild Virginia led the development of the policy… Read more

August 22, 2023

Preventing Pipeline Harms

This blog is the first of a four-part series reprinting policy papers from “Our Common Agenda,” an annual publication from the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). This first installment, entitled “Preventing Pipeline Harms,” builds on the hard lessons learned from the fight against the destructive Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) but is designed to look forward, to… Read more

June 27, 2023

Environmental and Community Groups Challenge Effort to Throw Out Mountain Valley Pipeline Lawsuit

On June 26, 2023, environmental and community organizations filed a response opposing efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, to dismiss the environmental groups’ pending challenge to the latest biological opinion and incidental take statement under the Endangered Species Act.  Also today, the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of… Read more

June 1, 2023

The MVP is Far from Completion – Great Threats Remain for Virginia

The MVP is Far from Completion – Great Threats Remain for Virginia Decisions about the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) must not rest on false claims that the pipeline is almost complete.[1] Virginia would incur a majority of the new damage if construction is allowed to resume. The table below, based on MVP’s… Read more

May 26, 2023

DC Circuit Court Orders FERC To Evaluate Additional Environmental Review After MVP Erosion

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled in favor of environmental and community groups in a case challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) extension of the certificate for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) that was issued in 2020. FERC faced sharp questioning in court about its handling of the environmental review process – after failing to do a supplemental Environmental… Read more

April 13, 2023

Virginia’s First Wildlife Corridor Action Plan Has Been Released!

What is in the Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (WCAP) and what happens next? In 2020, Wild Virginia, along with other partners of the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative, Senator David Marsden, and Delegate David Bulova, supported Senate Bill 1004/House Bill 1695 (§ 29.1-578 and § 29.1-579), which directed the creation of a Wildlife Corridor Action… Read more