What’s at stake for our national forest lands?
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.
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 George Washington National Forest special. The permanently cleared swath of land would allow for the invasion of nonnative species and disease in our forests.
Threat to Rare Species: The Atlantic Coast 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.
Degradation of Scenic Value: The construction of the pipeline would degrade the exceptional scenic and recreation value of our national forests and make the forests more desirable for natural gas drilling.
Pipeline threatens Virginia communities who live closely to the land: The pipeline threatens the unique rural character of Virginia’s mountain communities, many of whom base their subsistence and livelihood on the integrity of the land.