Comments to Virginia DEQ on Section 401 certification for the ACP

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FERC Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Pipeline

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Virginia Governor Urged to Protect State’s Water Quality in Pipeline Reviews

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has written Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe “to restore the integrity and credibility of your administration’s regulatory reviews of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) proposals.”  The September 22 letter points to recent regulatory actions in other states to address concerns over the impact of natural gas pipelines on water quality:

These judicial and state actions further illustrate that Virginia has all necessary authority to reject pipeline projects unless it is proven that water protection standards will be met and that the evidence now before the State fails to meet that requirement for either ACP or MVP.

FERC Decisions on ACP and MVP Could Occur Anytime

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) met on September 20 for the first time since January with the necessary quorum to act (3 members).  A decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline had been scheduled to occur by that meeting, but as of this week no permitting decision on the MVP has been announced by the agency. 

Regulators Accused of Being “Asleep at the Wheel” in New Report

Art of the Self-Deal, a new report issued this week by Oil Change International, charges “that regulators are asleep at the wheel when it comes to assessing whether new gas pipelines are in consumers’ best interest.”  Issued in collaboration with Public Citizen and the Sierra Club,

New “Path of the Pipeline” Website Highlights Stories of ACP’s Impact

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has added a new section to its website that features numerous individual stories depicting the adverse impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).  “Path of the Pipeline” features short video presentations about people affected by the ACP,

WV DEP Asks Federal Court to Vacate 401 Certification for MVP

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed a motion in federal court to invalidate its earlier approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, individual states must certify that interstate gas pipelines will not have significant effects on water quality before construction can begin. 

Faith Leaders, Pipeline Activists Demonstrate at Virginia DEQ Offices

Hundreds of demonstrators showed up September 13 at the various offices of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to express concerns about the how the agency is conducting its water quality certification review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

Story Maps

Story Maps

Our member group Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has produced a series of interactive Story Maps that take a deeper look at some of the reasons the ACP and MVP are unacceptable proposals. Click on the map image below to navigate to the full map content.

Shenandoah Mountain Scenic Area
Proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area and the ACP
Draft EIS for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline : 7 Major Issues with the Route through our National Forests
Drilling through the Blue Ridge Mountains for the ACP: A High Risk Proposal
NE Nat Gas Capacity
Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A Question of Need
Potential 500-feet Utility Corridor
ACP and Our National Forests
ACP Access Roads: Undisclosed Impacts
Ground Truth about ACP Access Roads
Access Roads and Well Pads in Gasland
Forest Fragmentation and the ACP
Threatened Conservation Easements
Dominion's Pipeline Threatens Protected Private Land
Kate's Mountain Clover
Unique Shale Barrens Threatened by the ACP