FERC’s Feedback for Dominion Regarding the ACP

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provided feedback to Dominion on their submitted Resource Reports for the ACP, asking for more information.  The following are a few points of note that may be of interest to concerned residents of Nelson County:

  • Clarify why natural gas would be received from and delivered to the Transco system at the planned Woods Corner metering and regulating station.
  • Identify how long a typical property would be disturbed by construction and restoration activities.
  • Confirm whether worker camps would be utilized for the project.  If anticipated, identify the locations and size of the camps, and analyze the potential effects the camps would have on soils, wetlands, waterbodies, wildlife, vegetation, cultural resources, land uses, traffic, and public services.
  • Describe the facility modifications and quantify the environmental resource impacts that would be required to increase pipeline capacity by 500,000 dekatherms per day.
  • Per FERC guidelines, identify all wells and springs within 150 feet of the construction areas and update the section accordingly.  Additionally, where karst features are identified, identify all wells and springs within 500 feet of the centerline.  Expand this distance as appropriate where significant or unique karst features are identified.
  • Address the potential for natural gas liquids to occur or accumulate in the planned pipelines.  If natural gas liquids could leak during a pipeline failure, describe the impacts that could result and measures that would be implemented to clean-up and mitigate the release.
  • Identify waterbody crossings where blasting may be required and the measures that would be implemented to minimize blasting impacts on surface waters.
  • Identify all possible reroutes that would avoid wetlands and multiple crossings of wetlands and waterbodies.  Also, identify all possible reroutes that would avoid isolated woodlands
  • Clarify if Atlantic and DTI would utilize pesticides during construction, restoration, or operation of the facilities.  If planned, describe the pesticide(s) that would be applied and, when, where, and how it would be used.
  • Provide socioeconomic data for all counties and communities (as identified based on U.S. Census Bureau data TIGER/Line® files) that could be affected by the project.  Include all demographic, economic and employment, housing, and public service infrastructure data at the community level.
  • Assess the ability of public services to respond to emergency situations along remote portions of the project and the additional cumulative impacts these situations would pose on public services and the community.  Identify measures or assistance that could be provided to alleviate any cumulative impact on public services, as applicable.
  • Include a table that summarizes racial and ethnic characteristics and poverty rates by census tract within 1 mile of the planned pipelines.  Also include this data at the census tract level for a 1-mile radius around each new compressor station site.  Bold the values that identify an environmental justice population and include figures that show the census tracts/blocks adjacent to the compressor stations within the radius area.
  • Describe any permitting requirements or restrictions that may be required for constructing pipeline facilities within floodplains.
  • Describe the facilities that would be required to transport the requested volume of gas for the MVP Project and ACP Project through a single large diameter pipeline, taking into consideration the planned 42-inch-diameter Alaska LNG pipeline would be capable of delivering up to 3.5 bcf/d, the combined delivery volumes of the MVP and ACP projects.
  • Analyze and confirm whether the planned Compressor Station 2 could be relocated to approximate MP 297 of AP-2 and meet the gas distribution needs of the project.  If relocation is feasible, revise the comparison analysis to exclude the 4.2-mile section of AP-3 that would be constructed adjacent to AP-2.  If relocation of Compressor Station 2 would not meet the gas distribution needs of the project, analyze and confirm whether additional compression could be added to the planned Compressor Station 1 to allow relocation of Compressor Station 2 and meet the gas distribution needs of the project.

To read the full letter of FERC’s feedback for Dominion,  click here to a download the letter as a Word file or click here to download it as a PDF.

Film Screening Tonight at Lovingston Library

groundswell-risingA screening of the film Groundswell Rising will be shown tonight, July 27th, at the Nelson Memorial Library in Lovingston at 7:30 PM.  Craig Stevens, constitutional conservative “fracktivist” from Pennsylvania and speaker at the July 26th Friends of Nelson public meeting, is featured in the film and will be there to take questions after the showing.  Visit http://www.groundswellrising.com/ for further information on the film and to view the trailer.

Come to the Friends of Nelson Public Meeting Tonight at RVCC

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Friends of Nelson will be holding a public meeting tonight, July 26th, at the Rockfish Valley Community Center at 7:00 PM.  Come to the meeting to hear updates and announcements and to hear special guest speaker Craig Stevens, a constitutional conservative “fracktivist” from Pennsylvania. Craig was introduced to the gas industry when Chesapeake Energy signed his 95-year-old grandmother, who was in a nursing home, to a 10-year lease to drill his family property. Soon after, another company wanted to use eminent domain to force a pipeline through it. Come hear what Craig has learned about gas industry tactics, how the government lets them treat communities, and how we can fight them.

Music for the Mountains a Huge Success

m4mpicMusic for the Mountains this past weekend was a fantastic success! We are very pleased to report that the pipeline impact study for Nelson County is fully-funded, thanks to all the support! Folks from all over the state came out despite the hot July day to enjoy the music, beer, scenery, speakers, dancing, vendors, and to sign petitions. A HUGE thank you to Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Shannon Farm Community (especially Larry Stopper and Helen Kimble!), Bold Rock Cidery, and all the others who planned and supported the event.

Pipeline Industry Attempting to Bypass Important Review Procedures

Roanoke Times has a commentary on important bills pending in Congress. H.R. 2295 is particularly dangerous regarding designation of 10 energy corridors through public lands. Communities surrounding these areas would be assaulted by who knows how many pipelines and other projects. “HR 2295, S. 411 and S. 1196 also would breach the “firewall” provision of the National Environmental Policy Act requiring preparation of an environmental impact statement on every major federal action affecting the environment. Instead, they declare that energy corridor designations shall not be treated as actions under NEPA”

Call and ask Hurt, Kaine, and Warner to vote these bills down.
Rep. Hurt: (202) 225-4711
Sen. Kaine: (202) 224-4024
Sen. Warner: 202-224-2023

Nelson Supervisors Pass Resolution Unanimously

Thank your Supervisor! The Nelson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution today (July 14, 2015) requesting that:

  1. DEQ will require project-specific Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Plans for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project that meet all Virginia standards, and that these plans will be made available to the public prior to project approval and construction; and
  2. Localities will have the right to review plans, conduct inspections and enforce their local Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinances; and
  3. Prior to project approval and construction, Dominion Transmission, Inc. officials and third-party inspectors will be required to meet with local officials to discuss the implementation of the project-specific Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Plans and adaptive management plans.

Full text of the resolution is here.

Ask DEQ to Do Their Job

DEQ-letters-13july2015The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) should take the necessary steps to provide unrestricted public access to critical environmental information concerning the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Please write to DEQ asking that they obtain site-specific erosion and sediment control and storm water management plans prior to issuing any approvals or accepting any permit submissions for the ACP, and that they make these plans available to local governments and the public.  Here’s the link to three letters – to Gov McAuliffe, David Paylor at the VA Dept of Environmental Quality, and Molly Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources.  Download and mail the letters!  Urge DEQ to do their job!

East Coast Land Grab Act – Again

Remember the “East Coast Land Grab Act” that would mandate 10 pipeline corridors on the East Coast in 2 years and allow the Secretary of the Interior to approve pipelines in National Parks? HR 2295 made it out of committee and is now under consideration by the full House. TWO similar bills are also being considered in the Senate. These bills are all about making it even easier to ram pipelines down the throats of unwilling East Coast communities and property owners. Call and ask Hurt, Kaine, and Warner to vote these bills down.
Rep. Hurt: (202) 225-4711
Sen. Kaine: (202) 224-4024
Sen. Warner: 202-224-2023

From the July 12, 2015, editorial in the Beckley WV Register Herald: “Killing – or even wounding – an industry such as tourism to make way for a pipeline that, it appears, is not guaranteed to bring the boon that has been is foolhardy. We urge you to contact your representatives in the House and the Senate and tell them to proceed with caution on these bills that would accelerate the process for gaining rights of way in national parks. The hard truth is that once that bell is rung and the land is swept – it can’t be unrung. Proceeding with caution should be the order of the day.”

When WV newspapers editorialize about the dangers of hasty pro-fracking legislation, you know you should pay attention …