Review of Reissuance of ACP Permits Requested

Permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that were issued by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and were struck down last month by the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals were reissued this past week. 

Court to Hear Challenges to ACP Forest Service, Water Quality Permits

Next Friday, September 28, two important cases on the fate of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be argued before the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond. The first case to be argued challenges the Virginia State Water Control Board’s decision on December 12,

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail to be Held September 22

The third Annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail” has been announced for Saturday, September 22, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, located at Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The event is designed to highlight the necessity of protecting the Appalachian Trail from the unwanted onslaught of natural gas pipelines. 

New Shenandoah Valley Alliance Announced

A new coalition to serve citizen and community interests in the Shenandoah Valley has been announced.  The Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley is a merger of four existing community organizations: Rockingham’s Community Alliance for Preservation (CAP), Shenandoah Forum, Augusta County Alliance,

FERC Lifts Stop-Work Order. ACP Construction May Resume.

Early Monday afternoon (September 17th) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lifted the stop work order for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline it issued on August 10.  The FERC Notice, a copy of which is attached, was based on the issuance of new permits by,

Large Turnout Shows for Air Board Hearing on ACP Compressor Station

A crowd of over 150 persons attended a September 11 hearing in Buckingham, VA conducted by the Virginia State Air Control Board (SACB) to receive comments on the proposed compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).  The facility, which would be the only compressor station currently proposed for the ACP in Virginia,

West Virginia DEP Invites Comments on Stream Crossing Permits

September 17 is the deadline for public input on proposed changes on the conditions under which stream crossings can be accomplished in West Virginia by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline.  Currently, projects like the two pipelines would be required to complete stream crossings within 72 hours,

Governor Northam Announces Initiative to Target Pipeline Methane Leaks

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced on September 12 the formation of a special workgroup to “develop a framework for limiting methane leakage from natural gas infrastructure and landfills.”  The announcement was part of an initiative to address climate change and ocean acidification.

Forest Service Proposes Relaxing Restrictions on Resource Extraction

Two rulemaking proposals published September 13 in the Federal Register would open national forests to increased energy and minerals extractions. The first advanced notice of proposed rule-making, seeks to “expedite energy-related projects by streamlining internal processes related to environmental review and permitting.

Augusta County Tables Proposal for ACP Storage Yard

A proposal for a storage yard to be built in western Augusta County to serve construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was tabled Thursday afternoon for 30 days by the county Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).  The site for the proposed yard is in the West Augusta area of the county,