FERC Decisions: What’s Next?

Last week’s “Friday the 13th Massacre” decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MCP) have spawned a flurry of analysis and speculation about next steps.  Both projects must still receive approvals from other government agencies,

VOF Allows ACP and MVP to Cross Environmental Easements

Last Monday’s decision by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) to permit the conversion of ten environmental easements it holds on properties along the ACP route and one along the MVP route (reported to ABRA Update readers in a special email Monday night) were a serious disappointment to all who believe in the integrity and importance of the concept of environmental easements. 

Additional Information Provided on Virginia DEQ Water Quality Meetings

Last week’s ABRA Update reported that the Virginia State Water Control Board would hold special meetings in on the proposed water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).  The Department of Environmental Quality has since provided additional information on how the sessions will proceed.

ACP/MVP Easement Conversions Top VOF Agenda for Monday

The proposed conservation easement conversions of certain properties along the routes of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline may be decided on Monday, October 16 during a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. 

People’s Tribunal Set for October 28 in Charlottesville

A public forum on human rights and environmental justice impacts that would result from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 in Charlottesville, VA beginning at 11:30 am.  The event will feature experts in the fields of environmental and medical science,

North Carolina Begins ACP Air Permit Consideration

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality on October 10 opened a public comment period for a minor source air quality permit for the proposed Northampton Compressor Station, which would serve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). If the permit is approved,

Virginia State Water Board Delays 401 Decisions Until December

The Virginia State Water Control Board (SWCB) announced this week that it will hold town meetings in December to consider the applications for water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The consideration is part of the process required under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.

New Social Media Ads Released by ABRA Members

New ads against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, designed for social media consumption, have been released by two ABRA members.  The Southern Environmental Law Center has produced a 30 second video that stresses that the ACP is not needed,

VOF Poised to Consider Applications for Pipelines to Cross Easements

Proposals for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross properties on which the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) holds environmental easements will be deliberated at a special VOF Board meeting on Monday, October 16 at the offices of the State Corporation Commission in Richmond. 

FERC Moves Closer to Full Membership

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week approved the final two nominees that will bring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to its full membership of five: Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre.  Glick, who has served as Democrat General Counsel to the committee.