New Studies Conclude Role of Natural Gas As a “Bridge Fuel” Is Over

Two new reports released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) conclude that “the role of natural gas as a ‘bridge fuel’ is behind us.”  In announcing the reports, RMI states:

The past decade has seen a dramatic reduction in the costs of wind,

Who is ABRA? Cowpasture River Preservation Association

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

Cowpasture River Preservation Association

The Cowpasture River flows through some of western Virginia’s most scenic, rural landscape.  Beginning in Highland County,

World-Wide Climate Strike Events Scheduled for September 20

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Scheduled events on the 20th  in the greater Allegheny-Blue Ridge region include:

  • Charlottesville –

The Sixth Year of the Fight Begins

It was 5 years ago this week – Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell appeared at a press conference in Richmond to announce the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project, a partnership of Dominion,

Opposition Brief Is Filed in Appeal of Forest Service Case to Supreme Court

The petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACCP, LLC) should be denied, so stated a brief filed August 28 in opposition to the appeal.  ACCP, LLC filed its Writ of Certiorari on June 25,

FERC Rejects Complaint About MVP Violations

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected a Formal Complaint filed June 21 by Wild Virginia, Preserve Craig, Indian Creek Watershed Association and two private landowners regarding numerous violations by the Mountain Valley Pipeline  (MVP) of conditions set forth in the Certificate FERC had granted the project. 

ABRA Urges Forest Service to Restore Public Comments for All Projects

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance has voiced strong opposition to a U.S. Forest Service proposed rule that would effectively eliminate the opportunity for the public to provide comments on many projects proposed within the National Forests.  The proposed rule, published in June,

Don’t Miss Hands Across the Appalachian Trail – 2019

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail Event

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“VioBlitz” Uncovers Over 100 Potential MVP Violations

Impacted landowners, concerned citizens, and trained volunteer monitors participated in a “VioBlitz” over the August 9-11 weekend.  Sponsored by the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, an ABRA member and a partner in the ABRA CSI program (Compliance Surveillance Initiative), participants traveled portions of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and documented as many permit violations as possible over a 3-day period.

Legal Challenge to FERC Certificate Scheduled for October 16 Oral Argument

The challenge to the Federal Energy Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline been scheduled for oral argument on October 16 before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The plaintiffs are 14 conservation groups, including several ABRA members, that are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates.