A special ABRA meeting to present details about the recently announced Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (Pipeline CSI) has been scheduled for Saturday, March 3, from 1 to 5 pm at the Holiday Inn in Staunton, VA, located at the intersection of I-81 and Rt. 262.
The March 3 session will be open to representatives from all ABRA member organizations, as well as those associated with allied groups in North Carolina and persons fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The meeting will describe how the program will operate and how individuals can participate in the surveillance effort. Registration details for the meeting will be announced soon.
As the January 25 ABRA Update explained in announcing the new program, ABRA and its member organizations will continue to challenge the government decisions involving the project. But, with certain pre-construction activities already underway, citizen oversight is essential given the limited resources of government agencies that are responsible for regulating pipeline construction. The Pipeline CSI will ensure a dramatically new level of public scrutiny and oversight. Major features of the program will be the involvement of citizen volunteers to
help monitor incidents of regulatory violations, water quality monitoring, aerial surveillance and partnering with federal and state regulatory agencies to help assure compliance with environment and safety requirements for the project.