Powerful Video from a Nelson County Virginia Landowner
Richard Averitt, a Nelson County landowner who would be adversely affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Lou Whitmire , Reporter 4:04 p.m. ET April 22, 2017
Mansfield News Journal
MANSFIELD OH- Judy Handmaker says she has cried over the Rover natural gas pipeline cutting through her family's almost 80 acres of farmland on Ohio 545.  Handmaker, 73, of Louisville, Ky., said her ancestors including Samuel Osbun, who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, settled in Richland County after the war, having owned farmland stretching from Richland Shale Road to Franklin-Church Road.  "They came to Ohio because the land is good and rich," she said.
Handmaker said she and her sister, Beth Houston Statzer of Virginia, are very distressed about what has happened to their family farm because of the pipeline.  "We fought it. We hired an attorney to speak for us. I can't begin to tell you how much our family is linked to the area," said Handmaker.  Their property is located next to Dayspring, the county home.
Full story 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  Appendixes are available on the FERC library site.

2017 03 08 FoN Motion to Rescind or Revise ACP DEIS - FINAL


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).
For more information and videos of hearings, check HERE


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.

 A Dominion representative at the meeting says the pipeline is a good idea.

"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
Mar 3, 2017
On May 21, 2014 –Marvin Winstead got something that changed his life.
“I’m sitting here minding my own business when one day a letter shows up from a company, telling me that my property is identified as being in the corridor of a proposed, natural gas pipeline.” He did not receive the news well.   “It was infuriating. It’s saying, in their letter, what a big company they have. They were saying, as far as I was concerned, they were trying to intimidate me. ‘We’re a great, big company. We got the biggest this and the biggest that and so many billions. You know, we’re the big corporate bully and you’re the little guy we’re going to push around. That’s how it made me feel.”
Winstead is a farmer and Nash County Native. With the pipeline tunneling his property, he’s concerned about the impact it will have on his crops and the general safety of his community.
“If there is ever a leakage problem with that pipeline, if there’s ever an explosion, those people will be, you know, the potential is their home will be blown away and if they’re home, they’ll be blown away with it.” Winstead helped organize a three county walk in November to oppose the project that included about 40 people. Now he and an estimate 50-60 people are about to embark on a longer trek – 200 miles along the entire length of the pipeline in North Carolina. Organized by Walk to Protect Our People and the Places We Live (or APPL). The journey begin Saturday, March 4. Listen to full interview HERE
Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
This massive pipeline would carry unnatural gas from the fracking fields of West Virginia across the Blue Ridge mountains to southeast Virginia and North Carolina traversing more than 20 steep mountains, requiring clear-cutting of our National forests, and crossing more than 1,900 streams and rivers.  Yet FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) doesn’t come close to addressing the pipeline’s potential for irreparable damage to wetlands, creeks, forests, and farmland. It also fails to acknowledge that the pipeline would encourage more fracking, lock us into costly, redundant infrastructure, and accelerate climate change for decades to come.  Full story HERE

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

Greater Greenbrier Conservation Focus Area The Greater Greenbrier CFA encompasses the Greenbrier River watershed from the joining of the East and West Forks at Durbin downstream to the confluence with the New River. In the Allegheny Mountains Ecoregion, it includes a globally significant karst landscape surrounded by ridges and valleys of shale and sandstone. Complete PDF of Conservation Focus Area Plan (Draft)

Are the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline Necessary? An examination of the need for additional pipeline capacity into Virginia and Carolina's  Complete PDF Prepared for Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates

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.

We will get back to you December 16, 2016 by Rick Webb

picture1Dominion officials acknowledge that the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces significant environmental challenges due to construction across steep, highly-erodible, and landslide prone mountain landscape. They assure us, however, that project construction will adhere to the highest standards, and that the company will go “above and beyond” legal requirements. Yet they will not discuss details. Although Dominion representatives are available to discuss environmental issues with the public or the press, they are not actually prepared to provide answers to substantive questions. Continue

ACP Station not wanted or needed December 8, 2016

compressorThe proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Buckingham County compressor station are not needed and not wanted by the communities they threaten and the Virginia counties they impact.  There is growing opposition to the ACP project proposed to run some 600 miles through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  For more information visit Friends of Buckingham County

Allegheny - Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) Weekly Updates December 16, 2016 ABRA 109 December 9, 2016 (PDF) abra-108

Say NO to the ACP

ACP – Story Map Series (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Monitoring A water quality monitoring program for streams in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  A Question of Need Existing pipelines provide enough gas for our region through 2030; we do not need the ACP or the MVP.   ACP and Our National Forests The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline cuts through the heart of the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests.  Ground Truth about ACP Access Roads Access roads can be as problematic as the pipeline itself and may be subject to even less regulatory oversight. Forest Fragmentation and the ACP The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would pass through areas of outstanding biodiversity in Virginia and West Virginia, fragmenting core forests and threatening species that depend on interior forest habitat. Dominion's Pipeline Threatens Protected Private Land Dominion has asked the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to give up stewardship on 10 conservation easements to make way for the ACP. Unique Shale Barrens Threatened by the ACP The alternate route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline puts three unique shale barrens in the George Washington National Forest at risk. Visit and like the DPMC Story Map Facebook  Page to learn when new Story Maps are published and to share Story Maps with others.