Announcing Conservation Hub: A new ABRA program.

ABRA’s Conservation Hub program promotes responsible resource management by providing data-focused tools that enhance a project’s transparency,
strengthen its accountability to regulatory agencies and facilitate public participation in its evaluation process.


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


PIPELINE CSI: Compliance Surveillance Initiative

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Your Help Is Needed. Our New Initiatives Will Require Funding.

ABRA’s new program directions will require new sources of funding.  We welcome and encourage contributions to support our continuing work to promote and protect the ecological integrity of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge region.  Tax-exempt donations may be made to ABRA, as follows:

By check: Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance,

ABRA Embarks on Exciting New Directions

In August ABRA launched its new Conservation Hub, a program designed to enhance the capabilities of environmental, conservation and citizen groups to better assess the impacts of projects in the greater Allegheny-Blue Ridge region and to help assure that the overall environmental integrity of the region is maintained.

ABRA Pursues Additional New Initiatives

With the July 5 cancellation of the Atlantic Coat Pipeline (ACP), ABRA is focusing on several other initiatives, in addition to the new Conservation Hub program.

  • ABRA’s work on the ACP will continue over the next year and beyond to assure that there is a responsible and thorough restoration of the land disturbance that occurred along the route,

Proposed Gold Mine Could Threaten Buckingham County, James River

A Canadian mining company, Aston Bay Holdings, has been exploring Buckingham County, VA for the establishment of a large, open-pit gold mining operation.  Though the company began drilling exploratory holes in 2016, plans for the mine did not come to light until quite recently. 

FERC Decisions on ACP Restoration Still Under Review

It has been almost 10 weeks since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) received comments from the public on the request by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) for: 1) a one-year extension of its certificate (which expires October 13,

New Army Corps Permits for MVP Are Challenged in Court

A group of five conservation organizations have petitioned the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the new Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) that was issued September 25 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.  The NWP12 permit is required to permit the project to cross streams and rivers. 

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