THE FIGHT CONTINUES!!
Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline live to fight another day after the Virginia Water Control Board passed the controversial water certification for the pipeline on a 4-3 vote but loaded the approval with a number of conditions that will mean months of delay, at the very least, for Dominion. Importantly, water board members voting against the amended certification were actually seeking outright denial of the permit. Read more in our e-update here.
Churchville Pipe Yard Proposed
Late last year Dominion Energy submitted an application for a special use permit to the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to construct a 34-acre materials yard near Churchville at the Scenic Highway and Union Church Road. Obviously, this was not a good fit for our lovely rural setting, and on March 1, the BZA agreed, denying the permit. Read more about the issue.
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 and is currently more than a year behind schedule thanks to push back from the communities that will be negatively impacted by this proposed 42-inch high pressure pipeline.
The proposed 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.