Press Release: Lawsuit against Virginia DEQ, State Water Control Board


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ABRA Members Sue Virginia Over ACP Approvals

A coalition of environmental and conservation organizations, including 12 members of ABRA, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s December 12 approval of a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).  The suit, filed with the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals late on January 18 by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates on behalf of the client group,

Virginia DEQ Shuts Down Public Input, Curbs Water Board in 401 Process

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proclaimed that there is to be no further input from the public in the final stages of water quality certification (under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,

DPMC Asks Virginia Governor to Restore Integrity to Pipeline Reviews

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has written Virginia Governor Ralph Northam asking that he order responsible state officials to correct the failures and improper actions exhibited by the Department of Environmental Quality and State Water Control Board in its improper decision to issue water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline.  

Urge Governor Northam to Insist on a Credible 401 Review of the ACP & MVP

An on-line petition to Virginia Governor Northam, who was inaugurated last weekend, urges that he “ensure that DEQ’s continued investigation of pipeline impacts on Virginia’s waters is transparent, thorough and grounded in the best available scientific and engineering data — as you called for in the past and as you promised in your campaign.”  The petition effort is organized by Appalachian Voices.

Request Your Congressman to Ask FERC to Rehear ACP and MVP Decisions

In the wake of Virginia Sen. Kaine’s January 5 letter asking that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rehear its decisions on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a campaign is underway to encourage other Members of Congress to make similar requests to the agency. 

Law Suit Filed to Stop Mountain Valley Pipeline

A coalition of environmental groups took legal action on July 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to halt the start of construction of the fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), challenging the “certificate of public convenience and necessity” issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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