Recent efforts in the West Virginia General Assembly to promote off-highway vehicles (ORVs) on public lands is a growing concern among conservation groups in West Virginia. In the 2021 session of the West Virginia General Assembly there were 8 bills and 2 resolutions introduced to promote the use of off-road vehicles on West Virginnia’s public lands.
In August of last year, shortly after the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, ABRA announced the launch of a new program…the Conservation Hub. Building on the experience and success of the Compliance Surveillance Initiative, or CSI,
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.
Those two words best summarize the 2020 accomplishments of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance. Our coalition’s 6+ year effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was an achievement for which the dozens of member organizations and thousands of volunteers working within the ABRA umbrella can proudly claim credit.
The new year is weeks away and ABRA is ready to meet the challenges of 2021:
- We are poised to review the soon-to-be-released restoration plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route and to monitor closely the implementation of those plans to assure they are completed satisfactorily.
ABRA and Southern Environmental Law Center were each honored for their role in fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) at the November 8 Board of Directors meeting of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC).
SELC received the Relentless Warriors Award in recognition for its “dedicated pursuit of justice and tireless work,
ABRA’s new Conservation Hub program, which was featured in the lead article in the October 23 ABRA Update, is embarking on a major project that will be the first of its kind in the nation.
ABRA’s new program directions will require new sources of funding. We welcome and encourage contributions to support our continuing work to promote and protect the ecological integrity of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge region. Tax-exempt donations may be made to ABRA, as follows:
By check: Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance,
In August ABRA launched its new Conservation Hub, a program designed to enhance the capabilities of environmental, conservation and citizen groups to better assess the impacts of projects in the greater Allegheny-Blue Ridge region and to help assure that the overall environmental integrity of the region is maintained.
With the July 5 cancellation of the Atlantic Coat Pipeline (ACP), ABRA is focusing on several other initiatives, in addition to the new Conservation Hub program.
- ABRA’s work on the ACP will continue over the next year and beyond to assure that there is a responsible and thorough restoration of the land disturbance that occurred along the route,