IS VIRGINIA ABDICATING ITS CLEAN WATER ACT RESPONSIBILITIES?

The DPMC has written to Governor McAuliffe asking him to act immediately to avoid forfeiting Virginia’s responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and state laws for oversight of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Despite promising that the ACP would be environmentally responsible, the Governor has repeatedly and wrongly claimed Continue Reading →

Our National Forests

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement, to inform decisions by regulatory and land management agencies concerning the ACP. The Forest Service will use information provided in the EIS when deciding whether to revise management plans to accommodate a new utility corridor and the related access Continue Reading →

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 →