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Virginia Tech Joins with Dominion in Developing Virginia Offshore Wind Power
A team led by Dominion Virginia Power, which includes the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, is one of seven selected by the Department of Energy to receive $4 million in federal matching funds to undertake initial engineering, design, and permitting for an offshore wind turbine demonstration facility.
The Department of Energy will select up to three teams out of the seven for an additional $47 million each for actual construction and demonstration. For more, read the complete press release here.
New Approach Could Help Resolve Mountaintop Mining Issues
Virginia Tech researchers say a history of public distrust and contradicting policies from government agencies have hindered efforts to increase the community`s voice in decisions about mountaintop mining.
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Mountaintop mining is the practice of using huge machines to remove layers of soil and rock to reach thin seams of coal.
Mountaintop mining is an efficient way to reach the high-thermal value, low – impurity coal in the central Appalachian range, which accounts for one – fifth of the nation`s coal, and it is a resource for American energy independence. Disadvantages include that waste material are deposited into valleys, trees and habitats are destroyed, chemical drainage may pollute streams, and many find it ugly.
Taking conflicts into account — such as the benefits of steady jobs and tax revenue versus declining environments and resources — are essential to a deliberative discussion about mountaintop mining, according to John Craynon, project director of the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science with the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech.
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Resolving mountaintop mining will depend upon people who value their jobs and the natural world
In an article published in Elsevier’s Resources Policy Journal, three Virginia Tech researchers point out that with a history of public distrust and contradicting policies from government agencies, the recent federal and state government and mining industry efforts to increase the community’s voice in decision making hasn’t succeeded in incorporating stakeholders’ values and concerns.
Conflicting values in a person’s life may be the key to deliberative discussion about mountaintop mining, according to John Craynon, project director of the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science with the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech.
A public ecology approach can give the stakeholders — including members of the coal mining industry, federal and state agencies and courts, labor unions, environmental and community advocacy groups, land holding companies, private citizens, and researchers — a new focus, according to co-authors Craynon; Emily Sarver, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering; and David P. Robertson, associate director of the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region.
More information available in this VTnews article.