Announcing Conservation Hub: A new ABRA program.

ABRA’s Conservation Hub program promotes responsible resource management by providing data-focused tools that enhance a project’s transparency,
strengthen its accountability to regulatory agencies and facilitate public participation in its evaluation process.


After six years and many legal and regulatory delays, Dominion and Duke finally abandon 600-mile money pit.


PIPELINE CSI: Compliance Surveillance Initiative

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Conservation groups voice concerns over MVP water permits

Six conservation groups have written the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requesting a meeting with the agency concerning forthcoming water certification requests from Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.  The February 12 letter to DEQ Director David Paylor noted that MVP,

Pipeline bills progress in the Virginia General Assembly

Two measures designed to improve state oversight of natural gas pipelines have now passed the Virginia Senate and are headed for floor consideration in the House of Delegates.

  • SB1265, sponsored by Sen. Deeds, authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to conduct inspections of land-disturbing activities related to construction of any natural gas transmission pipeline equal to or greater than 24 inches inside diameter.

2020 Census Expected to Significantly Impact Congressional Representation

Results of the 2020 U.S. Census are expected to be released by or before April 30, according to a recent statement by the acting director of the Census Bureau.  The Census results will become the basis of the once-a-decade reapportionment of the 435 seats in the U.S.

ABRA members file comments with FERC about ACP restoration issues

Fifteen conservation groups, including 9 ABRA members, filed comments on February 9, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to raise concerns over the plan recently submitted to the agency by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) on how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) route would be restored.

Coalition seeks to educate investment community about funding MVP

The DivestMVP coalition is seeking new members in its effort to educate the banking and investing community about the threat the Mountain Valley Pipeline poses to communities, waters, lands and climate as well as the losing economics of this project that’s $3 Billion over budget and 3 years behind schedule. 

Leading credit rating firm voices concerns about the MVP

Fitch Ratings, one of the leading firms that provides credit ratings, commentary and economic research, has voiced doubts about the viability of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  In a January 28 issue of its Fitch Wire, the firm stated:

President Joe Biden’s executive order that revoked Keystone XL’s Presidential Permit may be an indicator of his administration’s aversion to long-distance projects in US midstream energy,

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
Issues Uncovered in the DEIS
Draft EIS for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline : 7 Major Issues with the Route through our National Forests
Drilling the Blue Ridge
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