The Shoe Is on the Other Foot!

From ThinkProgress, February 21, 2014: Exxon CEO Joins Lawsuit Against Fracking Project Because It Will Devalue His $5 Million Property. “As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it. The exception is when Tillerson’s $5 million property value might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.”

Concerns and Questions for Dominion

Rick Webb, Coordinator of the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, met on December 16 with Bob Burnley, Dominion’s Strategic Environmental Advice Consultant, to discuss concerns and questions for Dominion. Go here, then scroll down to the Letters section to read Rick’s description of the meeting and his follow-up memo detailing the concerns and questions he raised.

Nelson Briefing to FERC

group-at-FERC-15dec2014-100Here’s the briefing given to FERC Commissioner Norman Bay on December 15, 2014. It was researched, assembled, and presented by a group of residents and impacted landowners of Nelson County concerned about the impacts of the proposed ACP on the County. The individuals who took the briefing to Commissioner Bay were Connie Brennan, Charlie Hickox, Janice Jackson, Charlotte Rea, and Rev James Rose. Our thanks to them for their work!

Hazard Mitigation Plan

hazard-100From the Commonwealth of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan, Page 10: “Landslide Risk to Energy Pipelines: Soil movement associated with landslides can destabilize the structural supports of pipelines, possibly leading to pipeline ruptures. In Virginia, landslides can be expected to occur in conjunction with other hazard events such as flooding or earthquake, which also pose independent risks to pipelines (see section 3.7 and 3.13)” Look at the maps and photos.

Dominion Report to FERC

Dominion fails to seriously consider viable alternatives in a recent required report to FERC:  take a look at Dominion’s December 2014 report on alternative routes/options. [Note: this is a 77 page report.]

On 12-16-14 WDBJ7 reported that Dominion released an alternative route for their proposed natural gas pipeline. “Back in Nelson County, pipeline opponents say they’ve already suggested alternative routes. They’d like to see the pipe located along the same path as an existing utility line or highway, to limit the impact on landowners. That idea has been rejected by Dominion as being too costly. ‘It’s more expensive to make deals with other energy companies or deal with VDOT,’ said Ernie Reed with Friends of Nelson, an organization that opposes the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.”

Ask WV to Make Dominion Comply

DominionViolations01sm-300x226West Virginia is currently seeking comments on how to handle Dominion’s pollution of their waterways from recent pipeline construction – this gives us the opportunity to weigh in. Please take a moment to send an email today to Scott.G.Mandirola@wv.gov. The deadline is Wednesday December 17. If Dominion is forced to actually comply with sediment and erosion laws, they may think twice about how easy and profitable it is to build in steep, unsuitable landscapes. Suggested points to make:

  • Dominion has been cited for failure to properly contain and report leaks along existing pipelines and for failing to provide information about slips and sediment being released into streams along its construction route for the G-150 pipeline. This is unacceptable.
  • The WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should tell Dominion that selling its mistakes to another company does not absolve Dominion from liability.
  • The DEP should require that Dominion produce the existing groundwater protection plan for the Lightburn Compressor Station now, a plan that should have been in place when work began. The DEP should require that Dominion provide a list of all earthen slips recorded at all its West Virginia pipeline construction projects. The DEP should require this by a specific date not connected with finalization of the Order.
  • With the number of proposed pipelines in the state, the DEP should make it clear to all pipeline construction companies that strict adherence to DEP regulations will be enforced. Additional inspectors should be hired to insure compliance.

Ask Forest Service to Deny Permission to Survey

pipeline-madnessImportant action alert!! Pleases write to request that the Forest Service DENY Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC permission to survey in George Washington National Forest! Denial of the temporary special-use permit would make the proposed route through Nelson County extremely unlikely, protecting the natural and cultural heritage, and the economy of Nelson County.  Deadline for comments is January 9, 2015.

WRITE: USDA Forest Service
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Survey Comments
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019
OR EMAIL: comments-­southern-­georgewashington-jefferson@fs.fed.us

The GWNF is accepting public comments on the approval of a temporary special-­‐use permit by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC to survey the 12.6 mile proposed route across the national forest. Approval of the temporary special-­‐use permit would set in motion a cascading sequence of events in the reasonably foreseeable future that would result in negative impacts to soils, rivers, streams, wetlands, mountains, intact forest habitat, species, and drinking water watersheds of Staunton and Waynesboro.

Here is a flier you can print to pass on to friends and neighbors, giving them information about writing to the GWNF.  For additional information, see this news release from Wild Virginia.