Virginia Game and Fisheries Agency Accused of Being “Gamed” by Dominion

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), in the closing days of the McAuliffe administration, rolled back restrictions on construction in streams to help Dominion and Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers move the project along faster. The modifications granted,

Army Corps Is Asked to Revoke Permit for the ACP

Appalachian Mountain Advocates on June 22 requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend and revoke the permit the agency issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in February under the Nationwide Permit 12 program because of the inability of the applicant to comply with West Virginia requirements that limit stream crossings construction for a duration of 72 hours.

FERC Commissioner Powelson Announces Resignation

Robert Powelson, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member who was appointed by President Trump and took office on August 4, 2017 announced late on June 28 his resignation from Commission, effective mid-August. Commissioner Powelson previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission.

13,000 Comment on Adequacy of the NWP 12 Program for the ACP & MVP

The request of the Virginia State Water Control Board for input from the public on the sufficiency of the U.S. Army Corps NWP 12 permit program for stream crossings of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) produced an outpouring of comments. 

FERC Rejects Rehearing Request for MVP

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 15 turned down pending petitions to rehear the October 13 agency decision to approve construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners LaFleur and Glick dissenting.  A copy of the 172-page opinion,

Upcoming Events

June 24, 1-2 pm – Circle of Protection: interfaith prayer vigil to protect Buckingham’s air, water and right to own land.  Union Hill Baptist Church, 1496 Union Hill Rd., Buckingham, VA.  More info at https://facebook.com/events/325505834642906/.

FERC Is Asked to Stop ACP Construction

A motion was filed June 11 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that the agency immediately revoke its May 11 authorization for construction to proceed in West Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  The action, filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife,

Reminder: Stream Crossing Comments Are Due This Friday

Friday, June 15 is the deadline for submitting comments on the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWP 12 program for stream crossings of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  Written comments may be submitted via hand-delivery to DEQ,

CSI Seeks Team Leaders, Plans Training Workshops

ABRA is assembling teams of incident investigators who can assist ABRA staff in checking out incidents of possible pipeline violations that are reported by volunteers into the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI).  Persons interested in becoming part of such teams in Virginia or West Virginia are asked to contact Lew Freeman at

Eminent Domain Movie To be Screened June 28 in Charlottesville

Little Pink House, the new film about the circumstances leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the famed  Kelo case that upheld the right of private corporations to exercise eminent domain powers for private gain,