COMMENTING ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE ARMY CORPS PERMIT FOR STREAM AND WETLAND CROSSINGS

Wild Virginia has published guidance for citizen comments to the Virginia State Water Control Board on the the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 FOR protecting streams and wetlands crossed by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. A 30-day comment was announced Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

THE ACP CRITICAL ZONE MAPPING SYSTEM

The DPMC has published an interactive Critical Zone Mapping System (CZMS) in support of citizen efforts to overcome the continuing failure of the regulatory system. Dominion Energy, with the cooperation of state and federal government, has effectively managed the regulatory process to ensure that essential details and limitations of its plans to Continue Reading →

VIRGINIA DEQ HAS MISLEAD THE PUBLIC AGAIN

Dominion is gaming the system and the McAuliffe administration’s DEQ is playing along. As we recently stated: the organizations and experts working with the DPMC have persistently expressed doubts that a project on the scale of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, constructed across the steep Appalachian mountains, can be built without Continue Reading →

LITTLE VALLEY, BIG PROBLEM

DPMC has published a new report on construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline across Little Valley in Virginia’s Bath County. Little Valley: High-Hazard Pipeline Construction. The Little Valley area, like much of the proposed ACP route through the mountains, presents extreme challenges for pipeline construction due to steep slopes, high-excavation Continue Reading →

FLASHPOINTS

The communication professionals working for Dominion are campaigning to convince everyone that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a done deal – despite the fact that challenges are mounting and the project has received none of the required state and federal approvals. An article just published in Southeast Energy News highlights some of Continue Reading →

A BAD ROUTE AND A BAD PLAN

Dominion intends to blast away, excavate, and partially remove mountaintops along 38 miles of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia. The magnitude of this undertaking has been described in a fact sheet, New Data: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Would Trigger Extensive Mountaintop Removal. The fact sheet was Continue Reading →