Goodbye, summer. See you soon, research!

In less than 24 hours, I packed up my dorm room, worked my last summer day, gave my final presentation, and returned back home to Chicago.  Summer in Williamsburg has sadly come to close, but my research is far from conclusion.  While time away has been relaxing, having nothing to do on the rainy days is hard to get used to, and I am anxious to get back in my lab!

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Virginia’s Bullseye

One of the prevailing trends first identified in the case literature (e.g news articles) and supported by initial interviews is the role of local government and their bullseye-esque disposition to the Cypress Creek Power Station project. Since the announcement of the project in Late 2008, many of surrounding local jurisdictions have formally declared concern, both officially and provisionally. According to the environmental group Wise Energy For Virginia, the Cities of Norfolk, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach, along with Isle of Wight and Southampton counties have expressed some manner of concern about the project. Conversely, Surry and Sussex (the alternate site) counties have approved permits for construction to be built. Geographically speaking, what has occurred is that the prospective downwind localities either by their own volition or with the prompting of local residents and outside organizations have declared opposition while the host location is in favor of the plant– thus a sort of bulleye has been created. The center is a different color (disposition) than the surrounding ring.

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