Despite avid opposition from some residents along the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, including some Nelson County residents, Dominion executives on Thursday outlined important milestones and progress made on the project.
“I am pleased to say the project continues to move forward on all fronts,” Diane Leopold, president and CEO of Dominion Energy, said of the $5 billion, 600-mile natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
In Nelson County, the route crosses 27 miles.
During a teleconference Thursday morning, Leopold said to date, Dominion has completed production on more than 65 percent of the steel pipe that will be used for the project, and the company expects to complete pipe production later this year.
She added Dominion has procured almost 85 percent of the land, materials and services it needs to build the pipeline.
Additionally, Dominion has completed more than 98 percent of land surveys, which has resulted in more than 300 route adjustments to avoid environmentally and otherwise sensitive areas. Dominion also has signed mutual easement agreements with 60 percent of landowners along the route.
“We’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made,” Leopold said. “We expect that progress to accelerate as we get closer to construction.”
Leopold cited a favorable draft environmental impact statement, which was released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December 2016, and a favorable preliminary approval from the U.S. Forest Service for drilling underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail as important milestones for Dominion.
Leopold also briefly talked about support for the project.
“Opponents may receive much of the attention,” Leopold said. “It is their right to speak out. But it is clear that the majority believes this project should and must be built.”
Leopold cited bipartisan support in all three states the pipeline would cross, as well as support from labor unions and local governments, as evidence for her statement. Story continues HERE
Dominion, Environmentalists Spar over Mountaintop Removal Claims Posted by AJR News Networkon in
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Dominion and environmental groups spent much of Thursday and Friday sparring over claims that construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would lead to significant damage to 38 miles worth of ridge line in West Virginia and Virginia–even going so far as to invoke images of mountaintop removal.
“For a 50 foot wide strip on some of these ridge lines, there won’t be trees replanted,” Dominion Spokesperson Aaron Ruby said in a phone interview Friday. “Otherwise, you would not notice. I mean, the contours of the ridge lines will remain exactly the same as they always have been, which is obviously not the case when you are talking about strip mining or mountain removal.”
A number of environmental groups offered criticism of Dominion and the proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a conference call Thursday morning–specifically looking at 19 miles of ridge lines in West Virginia and an additional 19 miles in Virginia.
“This is the best available data that is consistent across our entire study area,” Dan Shaffer, Communications and Research Coordinator for the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance, said Thursday. “That study area is from the initial point of the pipeline in southern Harrison County southeast to the eastern border of Buckingham County in Virginia.”
A new five-page briefing paper highlights the work done using GIS mapping software, which finds that mountaintops would be removed between 10 and 60 feet along the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“The whole point of this was to characterize areas of concern and get an idea of just how much of an issue ridge top removal is going to be,” Shaffer said. “And we were really surprised at just how much of this was going to happen and it’s geographic distribution throughout the route in West Virginia and western Virginia. It’s going to be a mess.”
Aaron Ruby shot back though, saying that the groups involved used the term mountaintop removal to invoke an image that is completely different than what Dominion is planning.
“The reality is we are not removing the tops of mountains,” he said. “That is a gross exaggeration and a total mis-characterization of what we are doing.” Story continues HERE
Motion to Rescind and Revise the DEIS
This serves as notice that a Motion to Rescind and Revise the DEIS has been filed by Friends of Nelson, Wild Virginia, Heartwood and Ernest Reed, intervenors, on Docket#CP15-554-000 et.al. Appendixes are available on the FERC library site.
The Peoples Hearing
On December 2, We The People held hearings to investigate the abuses of power and law being inflicted by FERC in communities across America.The People’s Hearing was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on December 2, 2016. 63 representatives from 15 states and the District of Columbia came to testify to the abuses of power and law inflicted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Over 150 people were in attendance of the hearing including reporters and congressional staff members. We thank the legislators who sent representatives to join us:
- Congressman Frank Pallone (Democrat from NJ, Ranking member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce),
- Congressman Morgan Griffith (Republican from Virginia),
- Senator Maria Cantwell (Democrat from Washington, Ranking member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources)
- Senator Bob Casey (Democrat from Pennsylvania).
Residents voice concerns at Atlantic Coast Pipeline meeting in Elkins
ELKINS, W. Va. (WDTV) - A controversial issue that's been going on in our area for sometime now involves the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline is a 600-mile long natural gas line that will go through Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Pocahontas counties. Wednesday night, many got to voice their thoughts on the project.
Ever since this has been brought about many have been concerned about the pipeline and its impact on water, safety and property owner's rights. Wednesday's meeting was designed to hear comments and concerns from folks in Randolph county. Many citizens were there voicing their concerns about the environment and the natural water ways of Elkins
"The destruction of the underground karsts, the springs, the water table. The steepness of the pipe. It's a 42 inch pressure pipeline. Elkins Spring is going to be in the evacuation zone and the blasting zone. It's taking out a lot of our friends cabins and homesteads. Just mass destruction to an area and the watershed. Just destroying the underground water tables," said Daron Dean, of the Elkins Spring Resort.
"The environmental impact study has indicated from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that these problems to the pipeline are minimal to the point where it really doesn't expose any real environment significant impact," explained Bob Fulton.
These meetings will continue until April 6th.
More info HERE
Protest Walk Begins in North Carolina
Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Community and Conservation Groups Blast FERC Findings on Fracked-Gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline America’s next big pipeline fight is emerging in the mountain towns and farming communities of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. With federal regulators poised to rubber-stamp the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, landowners, community leaders and their allies are taking inspiration from the water protectors at Standing Rock and vowing to stand together to stop it. In response to requests from numerous elected officials and organizations, FERC has extended the usual 45-day period for public comments; the deadline is April 6, 2017. PRESS RELEASE WITH CONTACT INFORMATION FERC DEIS
Landslides and the ACP December 28, 2016 Two reports have been submitted to FERC that substantiate the dramatically increased probability of landslides following the extensive excavation associated with construction of the proposed ACP and related access roads. The Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route through Little Valley in Bath County, Virginia: An Assessment of Landslide Risk and Slope Stability Factors, prepared by Malcolm G. Cameron, Jr., Coordinator of Geohazards Analysis, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition Landslide Analysis, Monongahela National Forest Flood Event (June 2016), prepared by the USDA Forest Service, Monongahela National Forest.