A summary sheet prepared by Water Is Life. Protect It.
The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines:
-are not needed by, nor will they bring energy to, the communities whose water and safety they threaten.
-will increase the cost of natural gas to Virginia ratepayers, first because of unneeded costly new infrastructure and later because the march to the sea for export will raise domestic natural gas prices 2 to 3 times.
-represent an immoral and illegal use of eminent domain to seize private land for corporate gain and not common good.
-are a clear and documented threat to the drinking water of over 12 million people either as a result of increased sedimentation from construction or from operational leaks of gas and fracking chemicals.
–will not create local permanent jobs or even temporary local construction jobs.
-will more than double the greenhouse gas emissions for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
-against all scientific advice and warning, will be built over karst terrain, a geologic structure that produces most of our region’s clear pure water, but that is subject to sudden and unpredictable sinkholes and unexpected water connections and damages.
-pose a significant and documented risk of explosion and fire in their blast zones of 2,200 feet
-have and will continue to lower the value of any land they are on.
-represent stark environmental racism (especially the placement of the proposed Buckingham Compressor Station and routing through Native American lands) and environmental classism (targeting communities struggling with poverty and job loss).
-will reject the less costly and efficient upgrade of existing lines now running at less than real capacity in order to bring their developers a guaranteed profit of 15% on new energy infrastructure (MVP & ACP together well over 10 billion and rising).
-have revealed via their rushed and incomplete permitting and review processes, a level of corruption in Virginia government and regulatory agencies that is shocking and dangerous.