In danger: Cowpasture River, Bath County
Read the Fourth Circuit opinion on the Forest Service case (12/13/2018).
Read SELC's request to FERC to revoke the ACP's certification (12/13/2018).
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EQM Midstream Partners (EQM), principal owner of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project, has proposed a land swap with the federal government to allow the MVP to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Trail). The proposal was revealed in a June 17 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SCC).
“A major, overarching problem with the federal pipeline safety program is that it takes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) too long to finalize Congressional mandates.” So stated Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee at a June 19 hearing before the group’s Energy Subcommittee to address “Legislative Solutions to Make Our Nation’s Pipelines Safer.”
The hearing focused on two legislative proposals:
- Discussion Draft: The Safer Pipelines Act of 2019
- 2139: The Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act
During the hearing,
Two new studies have been released in recent weeks that warn of the increasing dangers of rising methane levels in the atmosphere and express concern that the circumstance undermine the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate. This information is relevant for all who are concerned about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline since over 90% of natural gas transmitted by pipelines is methane,
Thirteen Democrat U.S. Senators wrote the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week urging that agency to keep working to ensure that electric utility grid operators fully integrate energy storage options into their markets. The June 18 letter was spearheaded by Sen.
No further work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline should occur until safety threats can be fully assessed and remedied according to a comprehensive letter sent this week to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an agency of the U.S.
Local & ACP
- – Energy News Network – 6/20/19
Regional & MVP
- – The Roanoke Times – 6/17/19
- – The New York Times – 6/19/19
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.