Protect YOUR National Forest


The George Washington National Forest belongs to you!

Our forest is under threat from the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The ACP would cut across steep slopes, destroy intact forests, threaten drinking water supplies and impact sensitive species. Worse yet, the need for the ACP has yet to be demonstrated at all. That means, our forests could very well suffer all of these consequences for nothing.

To go forward, the ACP needs to secure an amendment from the Forest Service because the project is not consistent with the current 10 year plan for the George Washington National Forest.

We believe the Forest Service should not grant the Atlantic Coast Pipeline this amendment and change the plan for our public lands. Our forests should not be destroyed for the benefit of a private company.

If you agree – please speak up now during this comment period. Your voice matters!

1) Sign and share the Wild Virginia petition. Petition Link

2) Then, comment! Send statements of support to Forest Service Chief, Thomas Tidwell, ttidwell@fs.gov, and Regional Foresters, Kathleen Atkinson, katkinson@fs.gov, and Tony Tooke, ttooke@fs.govCopies of your letters should also be submitted to FERC’s online system to be included in the administrative record.   Wild Virginia has made you a guide to walk you through the process. Step-by-Step Comment Guide.  What should you talk about in your comments? Sample Comment Ideas   Comments are due by April 6, 2017. Remember to cite the ACP docket number, CP15-554.   You can also send comments to FERC by mail to: Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary, FERC, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

3) Don’t stop yet…sign up for a comment writing night.
Wild Virginia will help you create and file comments on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Work with your friends and neighbors to pull together and file these important comments. There will be snacks and drinks.
March 20 in Staunton or March 27 in Charlottesville.

Update on Survey Suit

At a hearing on January 17, 2017, Judge Michael Garrett overruled a motion from 35 Nelson County landowners seeking to dismiss a surveying lawsuit from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC. An evidentiary hearing in the surveying case is set for February 6, 2017, in Nelson County Circuit Court.

Dominion Revises Request on Conservation Easements

On January 12, 2017, Dominion submitted revised applications for conversion of open space on 10 Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) easements in Highland, Bath, Augusta and Nelson counties that are on the proposed ACP route. The applications will be considered by the VOF Board of Trustees at its meeting in Richmond on February 9, 2017. Download the revised applications here.

Dominion first submitted draft applications in May 2016, and in its revised applications is seeking a permanent right-of-way within which to construct the ACP. Dominion claims to have reduced the direct impact on current conservation easements by 13 acres and offers to VOF new easements on land elsewhere in exchange for encroachment of existing easements.

Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby says the 21-to-one acreage swap offered is a “generous offer.” But the offer is insignificant compared to the damage the pipeline would cause to forests, waterways, and wildlife. Take this piece of land and let us destroy these others? Consider the words of Aldo Leopold, writer, ecologist, and author of Sand County Almanac: “Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.”

Pipeline opponents say the Dominion’s proposed conversion would violate state law, specifically § 10.1-1704 of the Code of Virginia, which allows for easement conversions only if they meet certain conditions, including showing conversions are “essential to the orderly development and growth of the locality.” Greg Buppert, Southern Environmental Law Center, said, “There is simply no way for Dominion to argue that this is essential to those localities.” Localities will receive no benefit from the ACP.

Further, if VOF agrees to convert the easements, it would cripple the program intended to protect scenic and environmentally valuable property. Buppert noted, “The risk here for the easement program is significant. If the VOF says yes, they undermine the critical trust between the Foundation and the owner of the easement.” How many property owners will want to put land in conservation easement to protect against development if they see that VOF will allow construction of 42-inch pipelines on that property?

Although the January 12, 2017, deadline has passed for having your letter included with the advance packet for the VOF Board, you may still write to protest this unwarranted taking of land currently in easement. Send letters to:

Brett Christina Glymph, Executive Director
39 Garrett St., Suite 200
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 347-7727
bglymph@vofonline.org

Read more about the ACP threat to protected private land on the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) Story Map page about the unprecedented request to VOF.

No Frackin’ Way! Rally

In addition to other events of Conservation Lobby Day on Monday January 23, 2017 (see details in our Events calendar), the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a No Frackin’ Way! rally on January 23, noon-1 pm at the Capitol Grounds Bell Tower, Richmond. In this year’s General Assembly session, there is the potential for various pieces of legislation that could leave us exposed to the dangerous environmental and health impacts of fracking. Join a chorus of voices asking our legislators to strengthen Virginia’s standards on fracking.

Friends of Buckingham Needs Your Help

Friends of Buckingham asked for help on Facebook – we’re re-posting their message. The compressor station affects the entire pipeline and therefore affects all of us!

“Friends of Buckingham needs volunteers to work on a door-to-door campaign to reach every household living next to or near the proposed ACP Virginia compressor station in Buckingham.

“We have to have accurate information about race, ages, health, current land uses and to inform them of a local meeting to work together to make landowner/resident comments to FERC’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

“We will work in groups to carpool from Cvlle or Richmond and can be flexible on times.”

If you can help, respond by texting Chad Oba (434 969 3229), by responding on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ProtectBuckingham/) or by emailing info@friendsofbuckinghamva.org

How to Comment on the DEIS


Wild Virginia
has prepared a step-by-step Guide to Commenting on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline DEIS. Use this guide to submit comments electronically. If you wish to send your comments or letters via the U.S. mail, see the address information on our FERC page, under How to Send Your Comments to FERC. See also the suggestions on our FERC page in the What Should You Say? section.

Wild Virginia will host two comment-writing nights in March, one in Staunton on March 20, 2017, and one in Charlottesville on March 27, 2017. Wild Virginia will walk you through the online commenting system and help you make comments if you want a hand. Please register for the one you want to attend so they will know to expect you.

Tell FERC: Reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Once again, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is acting like a rubber stamp for the gas industry. The “Draft Environmental Impact Statement” for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, released December 30, 2016, essentially shrugs its shoulders at the pipeline’s permanent and significant potential harm to water resources, forests, and farmland, while dismissing its role in fueling fracking and discounting its full climate consequences.

Now it’s our turn to speak out. Help us flood FERC with comments and show the groundswell of opposition to another dirty and dangerous fracked-gas pipeline. FERC must complete a full and fair review and, ultimately, REJECT the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to protect our water, land and climate.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has set up a Web page where you can quickly and easily fill in a form and submit a letter to FERC opposing the ACP. You can fill in the CCAN form using their letter, you can put your own letter into the form, or you can follow instructions of the Friends of Nelson FERC page to submit your own comments (including photos and attachments). Deadline for comments to FERC is April 6, 2017.

Cville Rising: Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Cville Rising Event: January 14, 2017 – Building the Resistance, Stopping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – Saturday January 14, 2017, 4:30-6:00 pm, Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  Agenda will include speakers from local groups and directly impacted local counties.

Cville Rising says, “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is proposed to cut through the heart of our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains here in Central Virginia, not too far from C’ville. Join us, to find out more and help us build a (peaceful) army to stop this thing…because nothing less is acceptable.  If Standing Rock has shown us one thing, it’s that people power matters. We have to show up. Will you join us?  The biggest difference between the ACP and the DAPL, is that construction hasn’t started yet. Dominion hope to start construction in the fall. We NEED to STOP them. We HAVE to STOP them….

“Because goodness knows, we can’t depend on our politicians.  It’s down to us, the people.  Join us to find out more and see how you can get involved.”