FERC Is Asked to Conduct Hearing on Justifying the ACP

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of several ABRA member organizations, filed on June 21 a motion asking that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hold a hearing on the legitimacy of Dominion and Duke Energy’s natural gas demand claims as a basis for building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Pipelines and Water Webinar Scheduled for Wednesday, June 28

A special webinar on Pipelines and Water will be conducted by Appalachian Voices next Wednesday, June 28, from 12:30 to 2 pm.  The session will cover state-level water quality certification under the Clean Water Act § 401 and how to engage in the 401-process for the interstate Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects.

Follow-up Questions Asked of DEQ’s Paylor

The June 6 visit of David Paylor, Director of the Virginia Department of Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to a portion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route in Highland and Bath County has been followed up with a series of questions. 

Pipeline Calendars: Who’s on First? What’s on Second?

Tomorrow, June 23, is the date on which the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is to be released.  That date, if it holds, will be followed by several other target dates over the next several months when key decisions,

New Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Out: Dominion at the Bottom

Dominion ranks next to last in energy efficiency in a new study of the 51 largest U.S. electric utilities.   The study, released June 13 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), is the first in-depth study of its kind. 

Virginia DEQ Sets Forth 401 Review Criteria for ACP and MVP

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has created a new webpage that describes how the agency is proceeding in its evaluation of the water quality certification applications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Primary Reflections: Few Determined So Much

This week’s Virginia gubernatorial primaries generated national attention (see article below from The Hill and Politico).  Among the issues that received prominent attention, particularly in the Democrat primary, was the issue of proposed natural gas pipelines. 

DEQ, Army Corp Officials See ACP Water Quality Challenges

David Paylor, Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Steve Gibson of the Norfolk, VA district office of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers visited the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) on June 6 to see first-hand the water quality challenges the project presents. 

DPMC Sues Virginia DEQ On Practices in Issuing Water Quality Certificates

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) filed suit on June 5 against the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in state Circuit Court for the City of Richmond. DPMC is asking the court to rule that DEQ issued a Clean Water Act section 401 Water Quality Certification for construction of utility lines,

Legislation Introduced to Strengthen Public’s Evaluation of Gas Pipelines

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner introduced legislation on June 7 to strengthen the public’s ability to evaluate the impacts of natural gas pipelines being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith will introduce similar legislation in the House.