State Level Action Needed
Under the power of the Clean Water Act, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will make a recommendation to the State Water Control Board (SWCB) about whether to allow a permit to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline across our Commonwealth’s streams and wetlands. The SWCB will make the final decision. DEQ has scheduled public hearings in August and it is imperative that we all show up and make sure DEQ knows we demand that our water is protected. Find out more.
Photo courtesy of Bradley Striebig
Final Environmental Impact Statement Released
The Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) on Friday, July 21. As suspected, the EIS is weak and fails to seriously address many of our concerns. Find out more here. The good news – the EIS is not a permit and doesn’t mean the ACP is a done deal. There’s still plenty you can do to stand in the way of this destructive and unneeded pipeline.
Photo by J. Trallo. Pipeline construction. April 7, 2011. Provided by The FracTracker Alliance.
Forest Service Moving in the Wrong Direction
Make sure they know it. The Forest Service (USFS) has issued a Record of Decision to authorize the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through the Monongahela and George Washington forests. A comment period is open until September 5th for anyone who has intervened on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions docket for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline(ACP) or anyone who has previously submitted a comment USFS concerning the ACP. Find out how you can object to this terrible decision here.
Photo by The Pipeline Air Force.
Keep up the fight!
The Augusta County Alliance Pipeline Campaign
Dominion Energy and its partners announced plans in June 2014 for a new major natural gas pipeline through more than 40 miles (now 56 miles) of Augusta County. In September 2015, Dominion filed its formal application with the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) and released a map of the proposed route that has since been revised several times. View the route.
If federal and state officials approve the proposed high-pressure 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, it would be the largest project of its kind ever built in the county. Dominion plans to clear a construction corridor up to 125 feet wide through our community’s headwaters, streams and tributaries, private forests, neighborhoods, and farmland. The pipeline would impact private and public lands, including the George Washington National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A permanent, 75-foot treeless corridor would be required for maintenance. View our fact sheet.
We, your neighbors at Augusta County Alliance, are concerned about the potential long-term damage from building Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline on protected rural lands in Augusta County. Continue reading.