ACP restoration: what happens next and by when?

Since the April 16 deadline for filing public comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the proposed route restoration for the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the related Supply Header Project (SHP), ABRA has been in touch with officials at the agency to learn what the next steps are in the review of the proposed plan (click here the April 20 ABRA Update review of some of the comments filed).

Over 60 groups ask Biden Administration to suspend MVP permits

A letter has been sent to top officials in the Biden Administration by over 60 conservation groups asking for a review of permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in light of President Biden’s Executive Order #13990, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” that was issued January 20,

Participants being sought for survey on pipeline impacts

Virginia Tech University and the Niskanen Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank that has been involved in pipeline issues, are partnering on a survey to gather information about pipeline-affected residents’ experiences with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The results of the survey will be used in a report submitted to FERC as part of the agency’s consideration of public input on its new Office of Public Participation. 

New study promotes gas pipelines to meet climate change goals

A new study released April 25 by the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University argues in favor of natural gas pipelines making a positive contribution toward reducing climate change.

The study states:

The Biden administration’s move to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement and lower greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change will,

Strong concerns voiced to FERC about ACP restoration plan

Comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the proposed restoration plan for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) universally called for easements on property along the 604-mile route of the now cancelled project to be relinquished by Atlantic Coast Pipeline,

Conservation groups contend MVP must file supplemental EIS

Comments were filed April 15 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging that the agency require the Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC file a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement before passing judgment on the company’s March 16 request for authority to change the method by which the Mountain Valley Pipeline project would cross 182 waterbodies from a dry open-cut method to one of several trenchless methods.  

Senators Kaine and Warner voice concerns about MVP stream crossings

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, have written Richard Glick, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to express concerns they have heard from constituents about confusion on recent filings with the agency by Mountain Valley Pipeline,

Governor Northam signs bill for study of gold mining in Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill that would direct a study of gold mining in the Commonwealth.  The issue arose last year when ABRA member Friends of Buckingham became aware that a Canadian mining company was considering the establishment of an open pit mine in Buckingham County to access a gold seam that extends all the way to Northern Virginia. 

Biden appoints EJ Advisory Council, including Tom Cormons of App Voices

The White House announced March 29 the membership of the new Council on Environmental Quality’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  Among the 26 appointees is Tom Corman, Executive Director of Appalachian Voices, an ABRA member. The Council will provide advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on how to address current and historic environmental injustices. 

What FERC needs to hear about the ACP Restoration Plan

The public comment period on the proposed plan for the restoration of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) route, which was formally announced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a March 8 Federal Register notice and preliminary discussed in the March 4 ABRA Update,

REMINDER: Comments due March 22 on MVP stream crossings

Comments are due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by March 22 on the February 19 request by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC to amend its certificate from the agency to change the crossing method for certain wetlands and water bodies. 

FERC announces new scoping period for MVP environmental issues

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on March 16 a notice of scoping and request for public comments regarding environmental issues associated with the pending application (referenced in the above article) to change the method of stream crossings for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

Trump policy weakening migratory bird protections is revoked

A December 2017 legal opinion by the Trump Administration that limited the application of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has been revoked by the Biden Administration. In a March 8, 2021 memorandum, Robert Anderson. the Department of Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor, 

FERC announces public comment period for ACP restoration issues

A scoping period to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed restoration plan for the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which was cancelled on July 5, 2020, has been announced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

Comments on MVP stream crossing proposal due March 22

A February 19 proposal by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for authority to have the Mountain Valley Pipeline change the method for wetlands and waterbodies will be open for public comments. 

Conservation groups voice concerns over MVP water permits

Six conservation groups have written the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requesting a meeting with the agency concerning forthcoming water certification requests from Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.  The February 12 letter to DEQ Director David Paylor noted that MVP,

Pipeline bills progress in the Virginia General Assembly

Two measures designed to improve state oversight of natural gas pipelines have now passed the Virginia Senate and are headed for floor consideration in the House of Delegates.

  • SB1265, sponsored by Sen. Deeds, authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to conduct inspections of land-disturbing activities related to construction of any natural gas transmission pipeline equal to or greater than 24 inches inside diameter.

2020 Census Expected to Significantly Impact Congressional Representation

Results of the 2020 U.S. Census are expected to be released by or before April 30, according to a recent statement by the acting director of the Census Bureau.  The Census results will become the basis of the once-a-decade reapportionment of the 435 seats in the U.S.

ABRA members file comments with FERC about ACP restoration issues

Fifteen conservation groups, including 9 ABRA members, filed comments on February 9, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to raise concerns over the plan recently submitted to the agency by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (Atlantic) on how the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) route would be restored.

Coalition seeks to educate investment community about funding MVP

The DivestMVP coalition is seeking new members in its effort to educate the banking and investing community about the threat the Mountain Valley Pipeline poses to communities, waters, lands and climate as well as the losing economics of this project that’s $3 Billion over budget and 3 years behind schedule. 

Leading credit rating firm voices concerns about the MVP

Fitch Ratings, one of the leading firms that provides credit ratings, commentary and economic research, has voiced doubts about the viability of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  In a January 28 issue of its Fitch Wire, the firm stated:

President Joe Biden’s executive order that revoked Keystone XL’s Presidential Permit may be an indicator of his administration’s aversion to long-distance projects in US midstream energy,

Legislation on gold mining progresses in Virginia General Assembly

A bill that would direct state agencies to evaluate the environmental threats posed by gold mining in Virginia was approved February 5 by the Virginia House of Delegates.  The vote was 55 in favor, 45 against.  HB 2213, a measure spearheaded by ABRA member Friends of Buckingham,

Duke IRPs overstate likely future demand growth

Forecasts used by Duke Energy that predict steadily rising demand for electricity in the Carolinas ignore the company’s sales history in the past 15 years, which have been essentially flat, and should be challenged by state regulators, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan Deemed Insufficient

Dominion Energy’s proposed integrated resource plan, filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) on May 1, 2020, has been rejected as insufficient.  The plan was to have included information related to the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) enacted by the General Assembly in 2020. 

President Biden appoints new FERC Chair

President Biden has named Richard Glick to serve as Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The action was announced on the morning of the President’s first full-day in office, January 21.  Glick, a Democrat, has been a FERC Commissioner since 2017 and has supported positions advocated by ABRA and its member organizations.

Biden orders review of Trump actions on methane regulation

The rollback of the Obama-era rule designed to reduce climate-warming methane emissions that former President Trump ordered in 2020 is a candidate for revocation under an Executive Order issued January 20 by President Biden.  The President’s “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis” directs the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to “consider suspending,

White House orders freeze on issuance and implementation of new rules

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain issued January 20 a memorandum to the heads of all federal executive departments and agencies directing that new pending rules be held up until the President’s appointees or designees “have the opportunity to review them.”     The January 20 memorandum directs that rules that have been sent to the Office of the Federal Register not be published. 

New Environment Secretary chosen in West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) announced January 20 the appointment of Harold Ward as Secretary of the Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.  He replaces Austin Caperton, who resigned in December.  Ward has most recently been Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Department,

ACP Route Restoration Plan Filed with FERC Leaves Unanswered Questions

A long-awaited restoration plan for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to address land and forests that were disrupted by the project before it was cancelled in July was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on January 4.  The filing was in response to a formal request by FERC on October 27.

Deliberations on Proposed Gold Mine in Buckingham County Continue

A proposed gold mining operation in Buckingham County, VA, first reported in the October 8 issue of ABRA Update, will be the subject of continued deliberation next week.  The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will conduct a joint hearing on Monday,