ABRA is convening a special meeting on Saturday, March 3, from 1:30 to 5 pm at the Holiday Inn in Staunton, VA (152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, VA, located at the intersection of I-81 and Rt. 262) to explain details of the coalition’s Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) and describe how interested individuals can participate in the program.
The meeting is open to representatives from all ABRA member organizations, as well as others interested in learning more about the program. There is no charge for attending, but registration is required. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.
To register, click here.
The CSI will gather in-depth data about construction activities associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The program will initially focus on the mountainous areas of the route, where construction threatens water quality in the headwaters of some of the major watersheds.
The meeting will features include discussions on water quality data collection, observing and reporting violations of environmental standards, protocols that should be followed in information gathering and reporting, aerial reconnaissance by airplanes and drones, and a special ABRA hotline to report observed incidents. Results from the information gathered by the CSI will be shared with regulatory agencies and the media. Special training sessions and webinars are also being planned.
The agenda will also be a discussion on current and prospective legal challenges to the ACP by representatives of Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Southern Environmental Law Center.