PETERS MOUNTAIN REVISITED

Pipeline construction over steep Appalachian mountains creates significant runoff and slope-failure problems. Dominion Transmission, Inc., for example, was fined in 2014 for serial slope failures at one of its pipeline projects in West Virginia. In that case, as in others, the difficulties associated with construction in extreme landscape have been compounded Continue Reading →

STREAM ZERO

One small stream in West Virginia is at the epicenter of mega pipeline construction in the central Appalachian region. If industry plans go forward, a two-mile stretch of Meathouse Fork and it’s tributaries, Big Isaac Creek and Laurel Run, will be crossed by three of the largest pipelines ever built in the region. The smaller of these, Continue Reading →

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

The Nelson County Board of Supervisors is calling on Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and state environmental officials to ensure public access to erosion and sediment control plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In a 4-0 vote (July 14, 2015), the supervisors passed a resolution requesting that: DEQ will require project-specific Erosion and Continue Reading →

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES

The effectiveness of standard measures for mitigation of water resource impacts associated with pipeline construction is a significant issue that needs to be systematically examined during EIS preparation. The EIS should analyze the provisions, implementation, and effectiveness of water-related environmental laws, regulations, and best management practices that apply to pipeline Continue Reading →

BROKEN REGULATORY SYSTEM

Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe has repeatedly declared that the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline can be built in an environmentally sound way. He first promised, at a joint Commonwealth-Dominion Press Conference, that the ACP would be the most environmentally responsible pipeline ever built in U.S. history. Although our governor has a limited understanding of the environmental Continue Reading →