West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) announced January 20 the appointment of Harold Ward as Secretary of the Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. He replaces Austin Caperton, who resigned in December. Ward has most recently been Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Department,
Impacted landowners, concerned citizens, and trained volunteer monitors participated in a “VioBlitz” over the August 9-11 weekend. Sponsored by the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, an ABRA member and a partner in the ABRA CSI program (Compliance Surveillance Initiative), participants traveled portions of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and documented as many permit violations as possible over a 3-day period.
- – The Roanoke Times – 4/25/19
On April 24th the West Virginia Department of Environment Protection (WVDEP) approved its modification of the state’s 401 Certification of the Army Corps of Engineers’ 404 Nationwide Permits. In its approval, WVDEP decided against the proposed Standard Condition 22 that would have allowed it to waive or modify any standard or special condition which would have set a very bad precedent.
ABRA’s Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) is demonstrating its worth, despite the limited construction that has occurred for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Based upon aerial surveillance flights over the project’s route in West Virginia (conducted in November and December by the Pipeline Air Force,
- – Pocahontas Times – 12/6/17
If the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) decision-making process were a horse race, we might be about to enter the home stretch. Between now and mid-October, several documents are to be released and actions are expected to be taken that will have a major impact on the future of the ACP.