Atlantic Coast Pipeline

What’s happening NOW?

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been published Link Here
**You can make comments on this draft until April 6th, 2017**

Come to a comment writing night – We will help you create and file comments on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline DEIS at our comment writing nights.  Sign up for either March 27 or March 28.  There will be snacks and drinks.

Reasons Wild Virginia is against the Pipeline proposal

Cow Knob Salamander
Cow Knob Salamander

Threat to Rare Species: the pipeline would threaten the habitat of the endangered species, including Cow Knob Salamander, James spiny mussel, Indiana Bat, Northern Long-Eared bat,  and Virginia Big-Eared Bat.

Habitat and Natural Processes Destruction: construction of the pipeline would fragment habitat, isolate populations, and increase forest edge thereby threatening the survival of populations of the wildlife species that make the GWNF special.

Invasive Species: the permanently cleared swath of land  would allow for the invasion of nonnative species and disease in the GWNF.

Water Pollution: Sedimentation caused by construction could threaten the water quality especially those of special concern such as native brook trout streams and the headwater streams that supply the water used by the Shenandoah Valley.

Ramsey's Draft
Ramsey’s Draft

Degradation of Scenic Value: the construction of the pipeline would degrade the exceptional scenic and recreation value of the GWNF.

Future Development: the presence of the pipeline in the national forest would make the GWNF more desirable for natural gas drilling.

Pipeline threatens Virginia communities who live closely to the land: The ACP threatens the unique rural character of Virginia’s mountain communities, many of whom base their subsistence and livelihood on the integrity of the land.

Facts and Figures of Dominion’s Proposed Pipeline

Pipeline Construction in Nebraska
Price Gregory International – Pipeline Construction in Nebraska
  • Construction of a 550-mile long natural gas pipeline to carry  natural  gas from West Virginia through  Virginia to North Carolina
  • 13 miles of pipeline through the George Washington National Forest
  • To build and maintain the pipeline, a 200-foot cleared construction right-of-way, a 75-foot cleared permanent right-of-way, and access roads would be constructed along the route in the GWNF
  • 40-50 miles of pipeline through national forests throughout region
  • $2,000,000,000  construction cost

Wild Places in Virginia Threatened by the Pipeline

Wild Virginia in Action

ABRAWild Virginia is leading the charge with a coalition of 22 environmental organizations to stop the pipeline.  As a founding member of ABRA (The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance) we are working hard to organize a unified campaign against the Atlantic
Coast Pipeline (Read Wild Virginia’s Op-Ed August 2014 ).

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Giles County

Wild Virginia is also part of the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition that will monitor the pipeline project from the ground and the air with the help of dedicated volunteers.

New information is emerging everyday. We will do our best to keep you updated and share ways you can help us fight this proposal.

 Take Action?

Box Turtle, George Washington National Forest
Box Turtle, George Washington National Forest
  • 12/14/2016 USFS Response to FERC
  • 9/18/2015 ABRA Press Release -ACP Permit Filing With FERC
  • 9/18/2015 Dominion files application with FERC
  • 9/17/2015 USFS submits additional comments on impacts to Cow Know and Cheat Mountain Salamanders
    Read More
  • 7/31/2015 The Forest Service submitted a letter to FERC pointing out numerous deficiencies, errors, and inconsistencies in documents submitted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC and highlighting the range of potential effects that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could have on the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. USFS Comments on the ACP Draft Resource Reports.
  • 3/17/2015: The Forest Service released a statement announcing it is “issuing a temporary special use permit to survey a 12.6-mile segment of the George Washington National Forest for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Highland and Augusta counties, VA.” While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently holding meetings to collect public comment on the pipeline, members of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance have requested an extension of the scoping period. The public needs more time to learn about the alternate routes proposed by Dominion since the original planning meeting in January, and cases are pending in court in West Virginia and Virginia that may impact the route.
  • 2/25/2015: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held public hearings in Virginia March 12-19 to collect public comments on the environmental impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 
  • 9/24/2014: Governor McAuliffe supports pipeline- Read More, and Read Wild Virginia’s Response to Governor McAuliffe’s announcement.

 What can you do? Click here

 

Read More:

Forest Service Filings September 1, 2016

Preliminary Comments Concerning Crossings of Proposed Streams and Recommendation for Continued Consultation

Comments on the Macroinvertebrate Report on the George Washington National Forest

Forest Service Filing to FERC August 28th, 2016

Call Summary Regarding the Order 1 Soil Survey Report for the Monongahela National Forest and George Washington National Forest

ACP Construction Delay, April 25th, 2016

Dominion has delayed the start date for ACP construction to the summer of 2017. The delay is due to “detailed requests from FERC for additional environmental information and potential alternative routes particularly involving national forests” as a result of “significant opposition from environmental and community groups, particularly in the mountains of western Virginia.”
Charlotte Business Journal

Most recent route, as of February 12, 2016.

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, an ABRA member, has unveiled a new online interactive map interactive mapping system of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that organizes information on the environmental risks and sensitivities of the pipeline route, including the newly proposed alternative route through Pocahontas, Highland, Bath and Augusta Counties.

Current information layers include:

Alternate pipeline corridors
Construction access roads
Public conservation lands
Corridor slope steepness
Corridor erosion potential
Trout streams
Surficial karst distribution
Virginia map-documented sinkholes
Potential horizontal drilling locations and staging areas
Cow Knob salamander impact corridor
Red spruce ecosystem restoration areas

more to come . . .

Link to the ACP-EMS Map

 

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