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FERC Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Pipeline
ABRA Press Release Addressing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Final Environmental Impact Statement
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The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is expected to be released first thing Friday morning, July 21 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released December 30 and was the subject of extensive comments and public hearings.
Plans for erosion and sediment control, as well as for stormwater management, for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline were made available this week on the website of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The posting on the DEQ website states:
Virginia state law and regulations establish that land disturbance associated with pipeline construction activities must meet Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) requirements to protect surface water quality during and after construction completion.
Kevin J. McIntrye, an energy attorney in Washington, has been named as the new Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The June 13 White House announcement states:
Kevin J. McIntyre of Virginia to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on July 13 in two cases that challenged the right of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) to survey their property under the provisions of Section 56-49.01. That statute provides that:
If the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) decision-making process were a horse race, we might be about to enter the home stretch. Between now and mid-October, several documents are to be released and actions are expected to be taken that will have a major impact on the future of the ACP.
The July 19 regular meeting of the Virginia Water Control Board will include a public forum comment period, as is usual for such meetings, but it will not be permitted for people to address the Board on the substance of the proposed draft decision documents for certifying the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipelines (MVP).
Local & ACP
Regional & MVP
- – Appalachian Trail Conservancy – 7/17/17
- Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents focus on safety of region’s water supply
- – Utility Dive – 7/17/17
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.