GOVERNOR NORTHAM: STAND WITH YOUR CITIZEN BOARD, RESPECT ITS AUTHORITY

On April 23, 2018, the DPMC sent a letter asking Governor Ralph Northam to order the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to carry out the commands of the Virginia State Water Control Board (Board) to ensure additional and necessary reviews and protections for destructive pipeline proposals. The Board ordered DEQ Continue Reading →

DOMINION’S ASSAULT ON THE BLUE RIDGE

As reported previously, aerial photographs of apparent unauthorized construction work where Dominion Energy proposes to drill through the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline  were obtained during recent surveillance flights conducted by the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI), a program of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA). Requests for Continue Reading →

PIPELINE COMPLIANCE SURVEILLANCE INITIATIVE

The Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) is a program developed by the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and its member organizations to support citizen efforts to ensure strict application of environmental laws and regulations in the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Pipeline CSI will focus first on the Continue Reading →

PIPELINE CSI: Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance Announces March 3rd Meeting Agenda

Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance’s (ABRA) special meeting to unveil details about the new Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) will also feature a panel discussion on the status of various legal challenges on government agency decisions made about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The meeting will take place on Saturday, March 3, from Continue Reading →

PIPELINE CSI: A New Level of Citizen Oversight

PRESS RELEASE (1/22/18):  A citizen initiative to monitor construction activities of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is being launched today by the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), a coalition of over 50 organizations in Virginia and West Virginia.  The objective of the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (Pipeline CSI) is to ensure strict Continue Reading →

DEFECTIVE 401 REVIEW

Although Section 401 of the Clean Water Act gives states the authority to block federally approved projects that threaten water resources, implementation of Section 401 for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines has been marked by state agency denial, evasion, reversal, and outright misrepresentation. The following article, first published Continue Reading →

DEQ’S “REASONABLE ASSURANCE” IN QUESTION

The DPMC has written to Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director, David Paylor, insisting that recent information provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation be entered into the official record for the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The DCR letter, submitted to FERC on August 21st, Continue Reading →

FAILURE TO MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF SCIENTIFIC PROOF

A group of thirteen expert scientists and engineers submitted reports to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on August 22, 2017, finding that DEQ has failed in its duty to properly analyze and protect against the water quality damages the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cause Continue Reading →