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ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE CANCELED!

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

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Senators Kaine and Warner voice concerns about MVP stream crossings

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, have written Richard Glick, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to express concerns they have heard from constituents about confusion on recent filings with the agency by Mountain Valley Pipeline,

Governor Northam signs bill for study of gold mining in Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill that would direct a study of gold mining in the Commonwealth.  The issue arose last year when ABRA member Friends of Buckingham became aware that a Canadian mining company was considering the establishment of an open pit mine in Buckingham County to access a gold seam that extends all the way to Northern Virginia. 

Biden appoints EJ Advisory Council, including Tom Cormons of App Voices

The White House announced March 29 the membership of the new Council on Environmental Quality’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  Among the 26 appointees is Tom Corman, Executive Director of Appalachian Voices, an ABRA member. The Council will provide advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on how to address current and historic environmental injustices. 

What FERC needs to hear about the ACP Restoration Plan

The public comment period on the proposed plan for the restoration of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) route, which was formally announced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a March 8 Federal Register notice and preliminary discussed in the March 4 ABRA Update,

REMINDER: Comments due March 22 on MVP stream crossings

Comments are due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by March 22 on the February 19 request by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC to amend its certificate from the agency to change the crossing method for certain wetlands and water bodies. 

FERC announces new scoping period for MVP environmental issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on March 16 a notice of scoping and request for public comments regarding environmental issues associated with the pending application (referenced in the above article) to change the method of stream crossings for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

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