Over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid have been spilled onto wetlands in northern Ohio during constructing the Rover Pipeline. The 713-mile. $4.2 billion Rover project would transport natural gas from northern West Virginia to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The Rover Pipeline is a project of a Energy Transfer Partners,
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) wasted little time in following-up with Dominion Transmission, Inc. (DTI) to seek additional information and clarifications on numerous items, many of which were flagged in comments filed about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).
For the second time in less than a year, the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has started a legal proceeding to compel the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to obey the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
DPMC seeks information justifying a DEQ decision that affects regulation of utility lines constructed through streams and wetlands in Virginia.
“Incomplete” and “go back to the drawing board” were sentiments most commonly echoed in the comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline over the past two weeks.
(This statement was released April 5 by ABRA to media in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina)
An analysis of environmental impacts for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is completely inadequate and falls far short of legal requirements.
Three of the sixteen state legislative leaders who filed an April 4 letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have investments in companies associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). They are:
- Thomas Norment, Majority Leaders,
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced April 6 that it will require separate certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline, in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The DEQ announcement said:
In keeping with Governor McAuliffe’s commitment that the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will be constructed in the most environmentally protective manner,
The April 6 deadline for commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is less than a week away. Submitting comments for the DEIS is the most important action someone can take to influence the decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Members of the West Virginia Legislature and the Virginia General Assembly have been told of major problems with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in letters written to them by ABRA on March 30. The letters were sent in the context of an effort by Dominion Energy to have state legislators send endorsements of the ACP to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The many deficiencies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) were strongly criticized in a March 28 letter to Cheryl A. LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, by the Augusta County, VA Board of Supervisors.