GUIDANCE FOR MONITORING WATER SUPPLIES

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) has released a report for landowners and water providers concerned about the potential impacts of pipeline development on water supplies. The report, Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies, was prepared by Downstream Strategies, a West Virginia-based environmental Continue Reading →

DPMC OBJECTS TO GENERAL PERMITS FOR CENTRAL APPALACHIAN PIPELINES

The DPMC has submitted comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers requesting that gas pipeline projects proposed for construction in the mid-Atlantic mountain region be excluded from the Corps’ general permitting program. The general permits are intended to apply to projects with minimal environmental impact. The DPMC argues that Continue Reading →

TOO SPECIAL TO SACRIFICE

Continuing the ACP Story Map series: FOREST FRAGMENTATION AND THE ACP The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cause irreversible harm to some of the largest tracts of unfragmented forest in Virginia and West Virginia. These large core forests provide critical habitat for a high biodiversity of species, support valuable ecosystem services, Continue Reading →

DEFINITELY NOT SATISFIED

Atlantic Coast Pipeline proponents assert that Dominion has repeatedly moved the proposed route in a good-faith effort to accommodate environmental and landowner concerns. Yet irrational pipeline opponents are never satisfied. This complaint was recently made by Richmond Times columnist Bart Hinkle. The following response to his commentary was distributed as an open letter: Continue Reading →

RESPONSE NEEDED

Thousands of Virginians are concerned about the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. There is vigorous discussion and debate — the kind of open, public conversation that should surround proposals affecting the lives of so many people. But there’s a problem with this conversation. Officials in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration Continue Reading →

DERELICTION OF DUTY

Examination of the Columbia Gas of Virginia pipeline project over Peters Mountain in Giles County is informative with respect to both careless pipeline construction practices and regulatory system failure. It was thus surprising to see the recent op-ed piece by company spokesman, Robert Innes, who objects to our complaints about the project. Why Continue Reading →

MONITORING THREATENED WATER SUPPLIES

Among the significant concerns about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is the potential for damage to private and public water supplies. Although Dominion indicates that it will monitor the quality and quantity of water supply springs and wells, the information it has provided about its monitoring plans is evasive or incomplete. It’s clear that Continue Reading →

ACP – ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING SYSTEM

The ACP-EMS is an online interactive map depicting environmental risks and sensitivities associated with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The purpose of the ACP-EMS is to organize and provide access to environmental information and to support engagement in ACP permitting and oversight. The geographic focus of the ACP-EMS includes approximately Continue Reading →

FOREST SERVICE: DILIGENCE AND STEWARDSHIP

The Forest Service has rejected the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route through the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests. The Forest Service specifically determined that the proposed route does not meet minimum requirements of initial screening criteria for special use of National Forest System lands in West Virginia and Virginia. The decision Continue Reading →