Comments to Virginia DEQ on Water Quality Due Tuesday, August 22

The deadline for public comments to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regarding whether the Atlantic Coast Pipeline or the Mountain Valley Pipeline should receive water quality certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is next Tuesday, August 22.

Legislators Call on DEQ to Protect Water, Fix Review Process

Four state legislators from western Virginia in the past few days are the latest to join with a bipartisan caucus calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to slow down, correct its process and ensure that water resources are protected from the impacts of the two major gas pipelines proposed through the region.

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail on August 19

A special event to highlight the danger to the Appalachian Trail from proposed natural gas pipelines will be held this coming Saturday, August 19, from 10:30 am to 12 noon at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, located at Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway,

Executive Order Issued to Streamline Pipeline Environmental Reviews

President Trump issued on August 15 an Executive Order to streamline the approval process for infrastructure projects, including pipelines.  The order, entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure,” establishes as a goal that the “processing of environmental reviews and authorization decisions for new major infrastructure projects should be reduced to not more than an average of approximately 2 years.”  A Fact Sheet released with the Executive Order highlighted oil and natural gas pipeline projects as an important beneficiary of the streamlining move. 

Hundreds Turn Out to Express Water Concerns Over ACP & MVP

Massive crowds turned out for the hearings conducted this week by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regarding whether water quality certificates under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act should be issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

North Carolina & West Virginia Hold Water Quality Hearings on ACP

Large crowds showed up at recent hearings in North Carolina and West Virginia to voice their views – the large majority of which were negative – about whether the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) should be granted by each state’s environmental regulatory agency a water quality certificate under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Virginia DEQ Hearings for ACP & MVP Water Quality Begin Next Week

The much-anticipated hearings on Section 401 water quality certificates for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) will begin on Monday, August 7. The hearings on the applications for the two pipelines are part of a comment period that ends August 22 for written comments.

New Critical Zone Mapping System Now Available

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has just published an interactive Critical Zone Mapping System (CZMS) in support of citizen efforts to overcome the continuing failure of the regulatory system. Dominion Energy, with the cooperation of state and federal government,

Forest Service Signals Possible Approval of ACP Route

The U.S. Forest Service (NFS) released on July 21 a Draft Record of Decision regarding the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) through the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and the George Washington National Forest (GWNF).  The document,

ABRA Calls Final ACP Environmental Report An “Affront to Democracy”

The July 21 release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) met wide-spread negative reaction from ABRA and its member organizations.  In a press release issued shortly after the FEIS was made public,