Graelyn Brashear



Nelson County residents protest Dominion's planned natural gas pipeline outside an August community meeting in Lovingston. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Dominion formally announces pipeline partnership

Dominion Resources has formally announced it will pursue its planned natural gas pipeline through Virginia as part of a multi-billion-dollar partnership with North Carolina electricity giant Duke Energy and two other energy companies. The proposed 550-mile pipeline, previously called the Southeast Reliability Project, is now dubbed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Until the formal partnership announcement […]

Musictoday founder Coran Capshaw helped facilitate the sale of the company, according to the CEO of Musictoday's new owner, San Francisco-based Delivery Agent.

Spinning off: Musictoday buyer promises expansion

Crozet-based music merchandising company Musictoday has been snapped up by San Francisco e-commerce firm Delivery Agent, and while locals are mum on the deal, the CEO of Musictoday’s new parent company says the buy will mean growth and jobs in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Musictoday was founded in 2000 by Charlottesville’s Coran Capshaw, the Dave Matthews […]

Suspended: Spectra is halting its plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Virginia. The proposed route, which came close to Albemarle and would have cut through James Madison’s Montpelier, angered environmentalists and historic preservationists.

Spectra suspends pipeline proposal

Spectra Energy has suspended efforts to build a $4 billion, 427-mile natural gas pipeline through Virginia, a spokesman confirmed this week. The Houston-based company was one of three so far this year to float proposals for gas pipelines cutting through the Commonwealth. Its pipeline would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, skirting Albemarle […]

Atlantic editor Scott Stossel (left) talks during a panel on magazine writing with (left to right) journalist and short fiction author Wells Tower, VQR contributing editor Delphine Schrank, and VQR deputy editor Paul Reyes. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Counter-programming: Talking with The Atlantic’s Scott Stossel at VQR’s writers conference

The Virginia Quarterly Review hosted its first-ever writers’ conference last week, a four-day retreat at the Boar’s Head full of workshops and public panels with a host of big names in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Atlantic editor Scott Stossel, journalist and short story writer Wells Tower, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Claudia Emerson, Slate senior editor […]

Spectra Energy’s proposed pipeline route could affect both Montpelier and the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.

Pipeline vs. preservation: Spectra route’s path through landmark sites ‘baffling,’ say stewards

Two companies are floating plans for natural gas pipelines through Central Virginia, and while community groups and conservationists are raising environmental concerns about both, it’s outcry from historic preservationists in the Piedmont that could form the earliest challenge of the Commonwealth’s new status as a gas throughway. Houston-based Spectra Energy’s proposed $4 billion, 427-mile pipeline […]