As previously reported, the Canadian exploration company, Aston Bay, has been performing exploratory drilling for gold across central Virginia, and advertizing their finds internationally. As one of the most environmentally destructive activities undertaken by humans, modern industrial-scale gold mining saddles host communities,
Challenges to the environmental impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) have continued in the past week in two federal court proceedings.
On April 1, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused an appeal by the pipeline’s owners to reconsider before the full Court the January 25 decision by a three-judge panel to strike down the Biological Opinion issued for the MVP by the U.S.
Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner introduced on March 23 the Shenandoah Mountain Act of 2022, which would designate more than 92,000 acres of the George Washington National Forest as the Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area (SMCSA). If enacted,
- – Chatham Star Tribune – 3/3/22
- – The Roanoke Times – 2/6/22
In the wake of two decisions by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacating three permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was asked on February 7 to issue a stop-work order “halting all construction activity” that has been authorized by FERC for the MVP.
- – Public News Service – 1/18/22
- – The Atlantic – 1/24/22
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated – for the second time – the approvals granted by the U.S. Forest Service (NFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to cross 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest.
- – Virginia Mercury – 12/21/21