June 2, 2016 RACC comments on the alternative route
March 11, 2016. The Jefferson National Forest responds to the Mountain Valley Pipeline resource reports with a 32-page list of deficiences. Many of these same conditions and requests would apply to the ACP. Read their letter at FERC repository.
February 12, 2016. ACP announced a new alternative route through neighboring Highland, Bath, Augusta, and Nelson counties. This route does not enter Rockbridge County, but does propose a greater distance of disturbance through the Maury River headwaters.
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--Below is a web map of pipeline and watersheds (loads here--be patient). It is based on the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition environmental mapping system.
Information about that new route is found below.
February 16, 2016 - "Dominion's ACP: Costs vastly outweigh benefits study shows" ABRA commissioned economic study suggests that impacted counties will bear a great financial burden for the pipeline.
February 11, 2016 - - The two bills related to the pipeline (repeal of right of natural gas companies to enter property without permission, and improved erosion and sedimentation protection) were both defeated in committee during the 2016 legislative session. link (scroll down to 2nd page).
More information about votes will be posted here soon.
February 2016 VA Sierra Club study shows net gain in greenhouse gas emissions if two proposed pipelines are built ---Press Release - Report - Sierra Club page
This is not a simple issue. Inform yourself by reading material from some of the organizations leading the way.
February 9, 2016 Could the Atlantic Coast Pipeline move south to Rockbridge?
On January 19th, the US Forest Service rejected the current route of Dominion's ACP because of dangers to animals and ecosystems of Cheat Mountain, WV, and Shenandoah Mountain, VA, and for failure to follow Federal guidelines.
“Develop and evaluate system and/or route alternatives that avoid Cheat Mountain and Back Allegheny Mountain on the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and Shenandoah Mountain on the George Washington National Forest (GWNF).”
FERC told Dominion's ACP the same thing on December 9th, 2015
"...we have determined that alternative routes to the south of the currently proposed ACP route may offer environmental advantages over the currently proposed route…"
Where would that "southern alternative" be? Here is one from Dominion itself, which is cited by FERC in its December 9 letter.
Last year, the Augusta County Alliance suggested in a meeting with FERC officials that a southern route, and one that colocates with utilities is prefereable to the current route through Augusta County.
FERC's comments in December were remarkably similar.
What can you do? Volunteer with RACC to help process information, raise funds, make contacts, and disseminate information to agencies, citizens, decision makers and legislators. The information about resources and livelihoods at risk filed with FERC prior to the permitting is necessary to ensure that the agency does its duty.
Proposed Pipeline in Maury Watershed
Dominion Gas has proposed a pipeline to cross through the headwaters of the Maury River in Augusta County, upstream of Lexington’s water supply. Click image for full map.
For more information, please see some of the following