Weigh in On Our Water
As you may have heard, the State Water Control Board has opened a 30-day comment period to revisit the adequacy of the Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide 12 Permit for stream crossing sites along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).
The comment period closes June 15 and we need to let the Board know the threats the ACP poses to our unique streams and wetlands here in Augusta County – find out more info and how to comment here.
In a big court win on Tuesday May 15, our friends at Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) were successful in arguing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s biological opinion and information about endangered species along the route for ACP’s federal permit were inadequate. The federal district court immediately issued an order invalidating the permit. A full opinion will follow in the future. This SHOULD STOP ALL ACP CONSTRUCTION INDEFINITELY. We say “should” because Dominion is arguing that it only halts construction on certain sections where there are rare species. We and the SELC team respectfully disagree. By law, without this key permit, Dominion does not have a certificate to proceed. Thus all construction should halt. Time will tell, but in the meantime, give a thumbs up to the SELC team and everyone who has been fighting this unnecessary and destructive project at every turn.
This is very new news, so there aren’t a lot of details to share yet, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more. In the meantime, check out the decision and SELC’s statement here. Also, give yourself a pat on the back because this would not have been possible without your vigilant resistance.
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.