Atlantic Coast Pipeline Threatens Shenandoah River Campaign
The proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would impact the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This is a transmission line to get fracked gas out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and ship it down to North Carolina and Portsmouth, Virginia. If constructed, this pipeline will traverse the South River, one of two rivers that join up down by Waynesboro to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
Our Position: We are opposed to the construction of the pipeline because we do not believe it can be built without hurting the habitat of a number of endangered species including the Virginia Big-Eared bat and the habitat of several other species by fragmenting the forest, isolating populations and increasing forest edge that threaten the survival of these species. This fragmentation also promotes invasive species and the spread of disease in the George Washington National Forest. Finally, 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 as well as destroying what makes the Shenandoah Valley so beautiful and special.
Our Strategy: We joined the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance, an coalition of groups working to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Along with Waterkeepers Chesapeake, we filed to intervene in the pipeline’s application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We have opposed Dominion’s unprecedented requisition to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to grant permission for the pipeline to be built on 10 protected conservation properties. Virginia Outdoors Foundation should not be asked to allow destruction of conservation values on these properties and risk damaging its relationship with current and future easement landowners to build an unneeded pipeline that offers no local benefits and puts special cultural and ecological landscapes at risk. Several environmental and economic studies show that the pipeline would cause irreversible damage and is not necessary. FERC rubber-stamped its approval with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously vacated the permit issued to Dominion Power by the National Park Service (NPS) for a right of way under the Blue Ridge Parkway, a critical component of the 600 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The Court noted that the NPS had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing […]
Comments we filed along with the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Appalachian Mountain Advocates on the sufficiency of Nationwide Permit 12 to protect Virginia’s rivers, streams, and wetlands from harm caused by the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline . Read the comments here.
Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of a crucial permit that the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) needs to build across waterways. While this pipeline does not directly cross the Shenandoah watershed, it has tremendous implications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that does cross the Shenandoah headwaters. Without getting too technical, the […]
While Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf continues to work with the Southern Environmental Law Center and other environmental organizations to challenge the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in the courts, he has also been working with the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance to develop its Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI). The purpose of this is to ensure […]
Tomorrow afternoon (Jan 25) in the Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, a very important energy-related bill will be heard and voted on. Please help us calling members of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee and asking that they support SB950. SB950 would protect water quality from fracked-gas pipelines. Communities across […]
Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on behalf of a coalition of community and conservation groups, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s approval of a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. While the Board’s decision postponed the effectiveness of the certification […]
Statement on State Water Control Board Decision to Delay Effectiveness of Certification of Atlantic Coast Pipeline
4-3 Decision Recognizes Risk to Virginia’s Drinking Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife Habitats, and Recreation Washington, DC – December 12 – We are relieved that the decision of Virginia’s State Water Control Board (SWCB) to require additional information about erosion and sediment control and stormwater management before its approval of the Clean Water Act Water […]
On Monday, December 11, 2017, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and VP of Litigation & Programs Phillip Musegaas testified at the Virginia State Water Control Board hearing on the 401 water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. They urged the Board to deny the Clean Water Act certification for this pipeline because the Board does not have […]
Potomac Riverkeeper Network Urges State Water Control Board to Deny Clean Water Certification of Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Protect Virginia’s Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife Habitats, Drinking Water, and Recreation Washington, DC – December 8 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) calls for Virginia’s State Water Control Board (SWCB) to deny Water Quality Certification for the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) because of the clear danger posed by the project […]
On August 22, 2017, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) submitted comments on behalf of Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper Network and several other conservation groups on the Virginia’s draft section 401 Water Quality Certification for construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). We urged the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to recommend denial […]
We need to act fast! The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. This pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field […]
The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. Under the new federal administration, this pipeline will be expedited and built as quickly as possible – despite overwhelming local opposition. We need […]
The proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would impact the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Earlier this spring, Dominion asked the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to abandon its stewardship role on 10 protected private properties (totaling 4,567 acres) in western Virginia to make way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This is […]