ABRA to Hold Pipeline CSI Meeting

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) is convening a special meeting on Saturday, March 3, from 1:30 to 5 pm at the Holiday Inn north of Staunton, VA (152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, VA, located at the intersection of I-81 and Rt. 262) to explain details of the coalition’s Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) and describe how interested individuals can participate in this important program. You are invited to attend!

The CSI will gather in-depth data about construction activities associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The program will initially focus on the mountainous areas of the route, where construction threatens water quality in the headwaters of some of the major watersheds. ABRA expects the CSI to involve hundreds of volunteer observers in Virginia and West Virginia. After the CSI is fully underway, consideration will be given to expanding it for other portions of the ACP or to replicate it for other pipeline projects, such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

CSI program features that will be discussed at the March 3 meeting include water quality data collection, observing and reporting violations of environmental protection requirements, protocols that should be followed in information gathering and reporting, aerial reconnaissance by airplanes and drones, and a special ABRA hotline to report observed incidents. Results from the information gathered by the CSI will be shared with regulatory agencies and the media. Special training sessions and webinars are also being planned.

The agenda will also be a discussion on current and prospective legal challenges to the ACP by representatives of Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The March 3 meeting is open to representatives from all ABRA member organizations, as well as others interested in learning more about the program. There is no charge for attending, but registration is required. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.

To register, go to: https://www.abralliance.org/pipeline-csi-meeting-registration/

Space is limited, so act now. If you have questions, please get in touch with ABRA’s Lew Freeman by email, lewfreeman@gmail.com