VaNews for Buckingham County
More than 700 inmates in state prisons have now tested positive for COVID-19, and five have died. Meanwhile, the ACLU of Virginia is investigating the mysterious transfer of at least half a dozen men from the Dillwyn Correctional Center after protests erupted there. The low security prison reports more than 200 cases of COVID-19 in staff and inmates.
A fourth Virginia inmate has died of COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections. The inmate had been housed at Buckingham Correctional Center.
The news of a fourth death comes after a Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland inmate, a Deerfield Correctional Center inmate and Sussex II State Prison inmate died as a result of the virus.
Three hundred COVID-19 tests of inmates at the Buckingham Correctional Center near Dillwyn were lost by a laboratory, requiring that the prisoners be retested this week.
Lisa Kinney, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, wrote in an email Wednesday that on April 27 “we delivered 300 COVID-19 offender swabs taken by DOC staff at Buckingham Correctional Center to the commercial lab we were using to run the tests.”
The Virginia Department of Corrections is reporting 161 cases of COVID-19 stemming from correctional centers in Buckingham County, with more than 16% of inmates at the Dillwyn Correctional Center testing positive. As of Thursday, April 30, VDOC’s coronavirus update webpage listed a staggering 146 offenders and five staff members as having tested positive for COVID-19 at the Dillwyn Correctional Center,
An environmental organization is challenging in court the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors' January decision to grant a special-use permit for a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, based in North Carolina, filed suit in Buckingham County Circuit Court on March 8 asking that the court rescind the board's January 5 decision to grant the special-use permit for the compressor station, saying the decision was "contrary to existing zoning law." The suit asks that the special-use permit be remanded back to the board of supervisors.
After a five-hour public hearing Thursday night, the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a controversial compressor station, part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project spearheaded by Dominion, over the objections of dozens of opponents.
“In all the board has been part of a full and wide discussion of this matter,” said Supervisor Donald E. Bryan, who added that the board had been grappling with the compressor station proposal for about two years and said he had consulted other counties with compressor stations and found no evidence of detrimental health or noise effects.
Buckingham County planners have endorsed a zoning permit for a natural gas compressor station to serve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline as it slices through the heart of Virginia.
The Planning Commission vote on Monday night to recommend approval of a special-use permit for the station will move the intensifying public battle over the project to the Board of Supervisors to settle.
The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has landed its first potential natural gas customer outside of Tidewater — the largest private employer in Buckingham County — on the eve of a pivotal vote by county planners on a proposed compressor station that has sparked intense public opposition.
Columbia Gas of Virginia is proposing to tap the pipeline in southeastern Buckingham to supply Kyanite Mining Corp. and other potential industrial customers on land the county would market for development under a set of pending legal agreements announced this week.
A Buckingham County industry and major employer has agreed to acquire a tap, metering and decompression station as well as construct a lateral pipeline off of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Kyanite Mining Corp. is finalizing an agreement with Columbia Gas and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The link would allow Kyanite to use natural gas from the controversial pipeline.
A group of Buckingham County residents is calling on the Board of Supervisors to oppose the construction of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The group, which calls itself Concern for the New Generation and is made up of residents of Union Hill and Union Grove, sent the board a draft resolution opposing the station “because of its negative public health and environmental justice impacts.”