Legal Challenge to FERC Certificate Put on Hold

Consideration of legal challenges to the certificate issued in December 2017 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), which was to be argued before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on October 16,

New NRDC Study Confirms Unequal Water Quality for Minorities

“Race, ethnicity, and language had the strongest relationship to slow and ineffective enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act,” according to the findings of a new study released September 24 by ABRA member Natural Resources Defense Council. The study found that “while the Safe Drinking Water Act guarantees all Americans access to clean,

Who is ABRA? West Virginia Rivers Coalition

This is another in a series of profiles of the member groups of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition

In 1990 a group of concerned citizens gathered in a private home to form what was to become a statewide organization to promote the preservation,

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear ACP Appeal of Forest Service Case

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday morning (October 4) announced that it will accept the appeal by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) of the Cowpasture River, et. al. vs Forest Service.  A date for oral arguments of the case has not been set.

Strong Turnouts for Hands Across the AT Rallies

Hands Across the AT rallies were held at 3 Virginia locations along the Appalachian Trail (AT) this past weekend: near Pearisburg, Blumont, and at Humpback Rocks.  Speakers at the Humpback event speaking against the proposed crossing of the AT by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at Reed’s Gap,

Comments on EPA Proposal to Weaken State 401 Authority Due Oct. 21

Comments on a new proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would weaken the ability of states to regulate their own waters are due October 21.  The rule, reported on in the August 16 ABRA Update,

IN MEMORIUM: April Pierson-Keating

April Pierson-Keating, founder of the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, an ABRA member, passed away September 28.  April was an inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. Her efforts on behalf of environmental issues in West Virginia and her contributions to the greater welfare of her community were exemplary.

SELC Responds to DC Circuit Questions About FERC Case

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has asked all of the parties involved in the legal cases challenging the certificate public convenience issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to response to several questions prior to the scheduled argument of the case before the Court on October 16. 

ABRA to Present CSI Overview at Environmental Law Conference

A presentation on ABRA’s Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) program will be a featured part of the September 27-29 Appalachian Public Information Environmental Law Conference in Knoxville, TN.  ABRA presenters will be Dan Shaffer, CSI Geospatial Consultant, and Ben Cunningham, CSI Virginia Field Coordinator. 

New Analysis Reveals ACP Owners Have Spent Over $109 Million in Lobbying

“A trio of utility giants building a natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail has spent more than $109 million lobbying federal lawmakers and officials since the $7.8 billion project was unveiled five years ago,” according to an analysis by MapLight,