Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was suspended last December due to the vacating of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion and taking statement for the project. There are other permits for the ACP that have either been invalidated by court decisions or are being challenged.
Initial analysis of the November 5 state legislative election results in Virginia suggest that the General Assembly that takes office in January will be more favorable to conservation-minded issues. A good number of the newly elected members are on record as being against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and favorable to conservation positions taken by many of ABRA’s members.
The Government of the United Kingdom last week announced it was ending support for the use of hydraulic fracturing technology to extract oil and gas from shale deposits. The decision was based on a new report by the UK Oil and Gas Authority,
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard on October 29 arguments in the case challenging the permit issued by the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) compressor station proposed for Buckingham County, VA. The case,
Friends of Nelson, a founding member of ABRA, was given the Community Stalwart Award by the Property Rights and Pipeline Center (PRPC), a national coalition supporting the fight to prevent the use of eminent domain for siting of oil and gas infrastructure.
ABRA conducted an in depth briefing and tour of sites along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route for Board members of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC). The October 19 tour occurred in western Pocahontas County and adjoining Randolph County, West Virginia.
A new study commissioned by Trout Unlimited concludes that the impact on water quality of several natural gas pipeline projects in the Appalachian region is profound, even when care is taken to minimize impacts. Pipeline Impacts to Water Quality,
A more thorough and less rushed process in developing a new biological opinion and taking statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been advocated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in separate comments submitted to the agency by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and by ABRA.
An updated review of the status of major legal challenges to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is now available on the ABRA website homepage (upper left corner). To access the new document, click here. Of note is the scheduled oral arguments on October 29 before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of the challenge to the air permit issued for the Buckingham compressor station.
This is another in a series of profiles of the member groups of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance.
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC), one of West Virginia’s oldest environmental organizations, was organized in 1965 as a coalition of recreational users in the West Virginia Highlands who came together to address a host of environmental threats to the state.