3 Ways You Can Help Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Email Virginia Outdoors Foundation Today!

[UPDATE: The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) Board of Trustees voted February 9 to defer until a later date a decision on the request from Dominion Transmission, Inc. for permission to allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross 10 properties with conservation easements held by the VOF.]

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is scheduled to consider at its February 9 meeting the request from Dominion to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross ten Virginia properties on which the VOF holds conservation easements. (Read my earlier blog.)

Please email Bobbie Cabibbo of VOF at bcabibbo@vofonline.org by February 9 and urge VOF to:

1. support the clean water, wildlife habitat, working farmland, rural character, and scenic views protected by the conservation easements,

2. preserve the essential trust that exists between landowners and VOF, critical to the future of land conservation in Virginia,

3. deny Dominion’s unprecedented and irresponsible request to permanently impair conservation values on 10 conserved properties.

Additional background information is available here.

Urge Forest Service to Protect the George Washington National Forest

President Trump’s executive actions are a reminder of how important it is that the government agencies responsible for making decisions concerning the environmental and safety dimensions of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline be encouraged to perform due diligence in accordance with the law. Please email the top officials in the U.S. Forest Service, urging that they:

1.     Conduct a complete and thorough review of the pending application for a special use permit for the ACP, as required by law; and

2.     Do not amend the existing Forest Plan for the George Washington National Forest.

Statements should be sent soon to:

U.S. Forest Service Chief, Thomas Tidwell, ttidwell@fs.fed.us
Kathleen Atkinson, Regional Forester, katkinson@fs.fed.us
Tony Tooke, Regional Forester, ttooke@fs.fed.us.

Additional background information is available here.

Public Comment Sessions for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Scheduled

A series of ten public comment sessions have been scheduled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) beginning next week to provide opportunities for interested parties to offer verbal comments on their views about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The verbal comments will be received and recorded by a court reporter and transcripts of will be placed in the FERC docket for the ACP.

Scheduled Verbal Comment Sessions for the ACP DEIS:
(All sessions are from 5 to 9 pm, except the February 16 session, which begins at 5:30 pm)

  • Monday, February 13 - Fayetteville, NC, Doubletree Hotel. 1965 Cedar Creek Rd.
  • Tuesday, February 14 - Wilson, NC, Forest Hills Middle School, 1210 Forest Hills Rd.
  • Wednesday, February 15 - Roanoke Rapids, NC, Hilton Garden Inn, 111 Carolina Crossroads Parkway
  • Thursday, February 16 - Suffolk, VA, Hilton Garden Inn, 100 East Constance Road
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Farmville, VA, Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Boulevard
  • Wednesday, February 22 - Lovingston, VA, Nelson County High School, 6919 Thomas Nelson Highway
  • Thursday, February 23 - Staunton, VA, Holiday Inn, 152 Fairway Lane

  • Tuesday, February 28 - Monterey, VA, Highland Center, 61 Highland Center Drive
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Elkins, WV, Gandy Dance Theatre, 359 Beverly Pike
  • Thursday, March 2 - Marlinton, WV, Marlinton Community Wellness Center, 320 9th St.

The deadline for filing written comments on the DEIS with FERC is April 6, 2017. Stay tuned for our action alert on how you can submit comments.