I just got a nice update from one of the anti pipeline groups, and thought it might add a bit to what I've submitted thus far.
Almost five years after Dominionâ€™s announcement of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project, there has been NO pipeline construction in Virginia. And, according to Dominionâ€™s own press release last week, the proposed pipeline is two years behind schedule and 50 percent over budget-- now a shocking projected $7.5 (or more) billion. The delay and expense is a result of its careless route selection and rushed permitting.
Seven federal permits, each required for pipeline construction, are now in question and there is a major legal challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionâ€™s (FERC) certificate of the project underway. Thursdayâ€™s ABRA Update provides details on legal challenges by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates to the following flawed permitting decisions:
National Park Serviceâ€”crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway NPS REVOKED ITS PERMIT
U.S. Forest Serviceâ€”crossing the Appalachian Trail, and the GW and Monongahela National Forests VACATED
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceâ€”impacts to threatened and endangered species STAYED
Army Corps of Engineersâ€”four separate Clean Water Act permits (in the four states where the ACP and its supply header line will crossâ€”W.Va., Va., N.C., and Pa.) for crossing streams and rivers REVOKED
FERC Certificateâ€”is the pipeline even needed? CHALLENGED - to be heard in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appealsâ€”Fall 2019. Both the city of Staunton and the county of Nelson have joined this SELC challenge as â€œfriends of the court.â€ Click here to see Stauntonâ€™s resolution joining that legal challenge.
Compressor Station Permitâ€”environmental justice and air quality concerns CHALLENGED - just last Friday, February 8, SELC challenged the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board's decision to issue a permit for the ACP compressor station planned for Buckingham County, Va.
Our friends along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are finally getting some relief as well. In response to the more than 300 water quality violations, the State Water Control Board voted in December to begin a process to revoke Virginiaâ€™s water quality permitting, and Virginiaâ€™s DEQ and Attorney General have filed a lawsuit against the MVP developers. Click here to see the latest article in the Roanoke Times.
Your relentless efforts, and the efforts of community members all along both pipeline routes, have brought facts to light, raised awareness, and kept the pressure on the pipeline developers.
And we need you to stay involved! We will continue to call on regulators to ensure that local water supplies are not harmed, that property rights are protected, and that our land and our communities remain safe. Keep an eye out for updates on Dominionâ€™s effortâ€”unsuccessful so farâ€”to persuade Congress to remove federal protections for the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dominion will not be easily deterred, despite the increasing evidence that the pipeline is simply not needed.
Thanks for all you do, itâ€™s working. This pipeline is STILL not a done deal!
PS Thanks so much to the dozens of you who attended Pipeline CSI trainings in Stuarts Drafts or Deerfield last month. There is still time to get involved. And, as always, if you need NO PIPELINE bumper stickers or signs, just let us know.
Take note that the next big push will likely be in a congress somewhat more sensitive to environmental issues. That of removing the requirement for permits to cross the national forests etc. This falls under the category of deregulation, and is definitely something to watch out for. I believe they were trying to piggyback it onto a finance bill back in December, but of course that was never passed anyway. It might be one of those last minute compromises slipped in when noboddy's looking, so if you get into talking with reps in congress, mentioning that you are against anything that would compromise the protection of national forests would be a good thing both for the East Coast, and across the country.
Location: Central Virginia USA
posted 2 months ago
We likely made national news tonight, Al Gore came and spoke at the local middle school with a black racial justice advocate, Rev William Barber.
I couldn't help think back to the first meeting we had with about 20 people sitting around a living room divying up jobs to start some sort of advocacy thing, but I didn't really have a clue what might happen.
I also thought about how things have twisted and turned, I would read well researched scientific papers about local geology, and then see Dominion's superficial treatment of the same topic and their major argument was "trust us, we know what we're doing"., but when asked about a recent major sediment spill at a similar pipeline site of theirs in WVa, the guy said "we didn't know there was slippery mud there" They thought they could say anything, do anything, and everyone would just roll over,
While it may be true that for a long time everyone did just roll over, forest service permits, court decisions , everything seemed to fall in place for them despite glaring incoherency in their presentations. No one seemed to care.
Also found out the estimate was put up to 1100 people not 700 as I reported earlier.
I see where this seems to be a hinge point to Northam's career, and perhaps the democrats attempted control of VA (currently predominantly a republican state.)
With many/most democratic leaders calling for his resignation over racial slur (black face) , he suddenly has the opportunity to demonstrate he gets it, by taking action against the compressor station.
He has started a statewide tour to make amends, but with national Black figures confronting him with actions speak louder than words, and here is an instance of economic racism you have facilitated, why not give meaning to your apology by condemning the compressor station.
This would seem to be a moment of opportunity for forgiveness, both for his soul and his political career. Of course, likely as not he could just be in that revolving door, doing Dominion's will as governor in exchange for a 7 figure consulting position with Dominion after he leaves office-- who needs to be a politician when you're rich?