We Told You So!”

The photos above were taken on Monday, April 16, in the Valley Center area of Highland County, VA, following a night of heavy rainfall.  The location is where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would cross Back Creek Valley. 

Opening Brief Filed in Challenge to VA 401 Certification

An opening brief was filed on Tuesday, April 17, in the lawsuit that several ABRA member organizations have filed challenging the December 12 decision of the Virginia State Water Control Board to conditionally approve issuing a water quality certificate (under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 

Drone Training Session Set for April 28

ABRA and Friends of Nelson will be conducting an aerial monitoring training program on Saturday, April 28, from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, located south of Afton, VA.  The program, part of ABRA’s Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI),

Banks participating in the credit facility for Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC.

This information is courtesy of Oil Change International. For further information, see the article below in In the News.

Virginia Agrees to Comment Period on ACP Stream Crossings

The adequacy of stream crossing plans in Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be the subject of a new 30-day public comment period, in accordance with a vote on April 12 by the State Water Control Board.  Official language on the Board’s action is not yet available,

West Virginia DEP Launches Special Pipeline Website

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has launched an easy to use website designed to help citizens learn more about five major proposed or under construction natural gas pipelines. The five pipelines that are the focus of the webpage are the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,

FERC O.K.’s ACP to Construct Contractor Storage Yards in WV and NC

Authority to commence construction of contractor storage yards in Upshur County, WV and Halifax County, NC for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was granted April 12 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The request to proceed with the storage yard construction,

CSI Pipeline Monitors Needed, Sign Up Now!

ABRA’s Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) is well underway, with volunteers signing up to participate in the massive citizen monitoring effort that will be necessary to assure that construction activity associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is fully in compliance with conditions of the authorizing permits and in not in violation of state or federal environmental laws and regulations. 

ACP Announces Construction Open Houses in Virginia

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has advertised this week in local papers (see below) along the route of the pipeline a series open houses and job fairs.  A similar open house was held on Wednesday, April 11, in Buckhannon, WV.

Governor Northam Calls for Review of State Environmental Regulations

An Executive Order directing Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to conduct “a comprehensive review of DEQ’s permitting, monitoring, and enforcement activities across all program areas” was issued April 4 by Governor Ralph Northam.  The Order directs the agency to:

  1. Review DEQ’s permitting,