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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 and has scheduled its board meeting for December 11 and 12. Together, you and your neighbors submitted thousands of public comments to the state DEQ on its draft water quality certificate. DEQ is reviewing all those comments. IF DEQ finds that water quality will suffer, it can veto this project.
If you commented during the public comment period in August, you’re eligible to speak to the Board in December. Find out more.
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Rally & Concert in Richmond
If you are concerned about the impact on our water resources by the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, then here is your chance to show your support.
Join Augusta County Alliance and partners on Saturday December 2, 1-4:30pm in Richmond for the Water Is Life Rally and Concert, a show of unity and resolve in preparation for the upcoming State Water Control Board meetings concerning both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Help spread the word and bring your friends and neighbors – we need a crowd!
A free bus has been organized to leave from Staunton – find more information and reserve tickets here.
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 (View the route). In September 2015, Dominion filed its formal application with the Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) and, as many expected, on October 13 the agency approved the application. However, the project still requires several more permits in order to proceed, notably a water quality permit from each state.
This proposed high-pressure 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline 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, 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. No buildings can be constructed in the easement. 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.