What’s happening NOW?
May 24, 6 days remain to submit comments to the DEQ about water quality that would be potentially affected by the pipeline. To submit comments by May 30, read here.
May 15, Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents say state ignored minorities’ civil rights. Read more here.
May 15, The Southern Environmental Law Center filed with FERC a letter stating that construction activity on the ACP must be halted.
May 15, The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order vacating the incidental take statement that allows Dominion to harm threatened and endangered species while building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This means that all on the ground activities for the ACP in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia are stopped indefinitely. Read more
May 8th, A coalition of 14 conservation organizations, including Wild Virginia, requested that the Virginia State Water Control Board stay the effective date of the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Read the request here
April 4th, Governor Northam signed his sixth executive order, asking for “the Department of Environmental Quality to update outdated regulations, strengthen enforcement of Virginia’s environmental standards, identify the causes of permitting delays, and improve transparency.” Read the order here.
An extension on tree felling was denied to the ACP by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
March 22 a request was filed on behalf of ABRA, requesting further investigation into a potential water quality violation from the ACP. Read the request here.
What did the Water Board decide and what does it mean? Read our blog post here
Read Wild Virginia’s response to this decision:
-Federal Documents and Proposed Pipelines: a “Clear and Present Danger”
Why is Wild Virginia against the Pipeline proposal?
Threat to Rare Species: the pipeline would threaten the habitat of the endangered species, including Cow Knob Salamander, James spiny mussel, Rusty Patch Bumblebee, 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.
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.
Where is the Pipeline Going?
View this interactive Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (from the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)
Facts and Figures of Dominion’s Proposed Pipeline
- 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 costs
Wild Places in Virginia Threatened by the Pipeline
- Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness
- Signal Corps Knob
- The Appalachian Trail
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Fragile Karst Geology
Wild Virginia in Action
Wild Virginia is leading the charge with a coalition of 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
Wild Virginia is also part of the DPMC (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. Learn More from ABRA’s weekly updates.