A coalition of environmental and conservation organizations, including 12 members of ABRA, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s December 12 approval of a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The suit, filed with the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals late on January 18 by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates on behalf of the client group,
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proclaimed that there is to be no further input from the public in the final stages of water quality certification (under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,
The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has written Virginia Governor Ralph Northam asking that he order responsible state officials to correct the failures and improper actions exhibited by the Department of Environmental Quality and State Water Control Board in its improper decision to issue water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline.
An on-line petition to Virginia Governor Northam, who was inaugurated last weekend, urges that he “ensure that DEQ’s continued investigation of pipeline impacts on Virginia’s waters is transparent, thorough and grounded in the best available scientific and engineering data — as you called for in the past and as you promised in your campaign.” The petition effort is organized by Appalachian Voices.
In the wake of Virginia Sen. Kaine’s January 5 letter asking that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rehear its decisions on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a campaign is underway to encourage other Members of Congress to make similar requests to the agency.
- – The News & Advance – 1/17/18
- – The Robesonian – 1/11/18
- – The Roanoke Times – 1/13/18
- – The Franklin News-Post – 1/11/18
- – Blue Virginia – 1/15/18