CSI participants believe that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline cannot be built across the central Appalachian Mountains without unacceptable damage to water and other environmental resources, and we contend that the regulatory review process has failed to objectively evaluate the risks and uncertainties associated with the project. Multiple legal challenges are in play. Meanwhile, if the project goes forward, the CSI will work to ensure strict compliance with environmental requirements during construction and to document the effectiveness of regulatory oversight and available control technologies.
The CSI is now meeting with regulatory agencies to develop working relationships to pursue our common goals. We promote a new model of citizen involvement in regulatory oversight. The old model, where we simply leave it up to our government agencies to implement environmental laws and regulations, is not reliable. The agencies work for us, but they need our help and engagement.
We will seek maximum transparency as we develop CSI-agency partnerships.
On March 7th, we met with the Supervisors of the Monongahela and the George Washington National Forests and key staff. Notes for this meeting are provided here.
On March 14th, we met with the Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and key staff. Notes for this meeting are provided here.