VA State Water Control Board Grants 401 Certification to MVP

The Virginia State Water Control Board approved on December 7 water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The vote was 5-2, with members Roberta Kellam and G. Nissa Dean dissenting.  The action came late Tuesday afternoon (December 7).  On Monday,

What to Say to the State Water Control Board About the ACP

ABRA has prepared a two-page document to aid those who will be presenting comments next Monday before the Virginia State Water Control Board as it considers whether to grant certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 

VA State Water Board Meetings – What to Know, What to Say

The Virginia State Water Control Board meetings scheduled over the next two weeks provide a critical opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions on why water quality certifications should not be approved for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). 

North Carolina to ACP: Another Whoa!

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has asked the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) – for the fourth time – to provide additional information before the agency can continue its consideration of whether to issue a certification for the pipeline under the requirements of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Water is Life Rally Is Saturday, December 2, 1-4:30 pm in Richmond

ABRA Creates Board of Directors, Adopts Bylaws

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance has formalized the organization by the adoption of bylaws and the creation of a Board of Directors.  Earlier this year ABRA incorporated with the Commonwealth of Virginia, its stated mission being “to protect the heritage, resources and economy of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge region.”

The initial Board of Directors and elected officers are:

  • Allen Johnson (Chair),

Strong Objections Voiced at Forest Service Approval of ACP

The November 17 decision by the U.S. Forest Service to authorize the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to cross the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests was met with strong statements of disagreement.  ABRA released a statement to the media saying:

 “We firmly disagree with the decision announced today by the U.S.

Transportation Available for Water is Life Rally on December 2

The December 2 “Water is Life Rally and Concert” in Richmond is fast approaching.  Arrangements have been made for buses to the event, leaving from Harrisonburg, Staunton, Charlottesville,VA.  Registration for free bus tickets can be made here

WV Schedules Stormwater Hearings for ACP

Public hearings to accept comments on a draft permit to cover the discharge of stormwater during the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have been scheduled by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The hearings will be held, as follows:

  • December 18,

Water Control Board Meeting Details Released

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has released this week an agenda and background materials for the meetings next month of the State Water Control Board to consider approving water quality certificates, under Sec. 401 of the federal Clean Water Act,