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[Questionable] Poll Shows [Questionable] Support for ACP

A recent poll conducted by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a nonprofit that says it is dedicated to promoting “rational, balanced energy policies that will ensure affordable and reliable energy” for consumers, says that the majority of voters in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina support the 600-mile ACP. The report has been reported widely in the press and on TV.

Dominion Energy, the company proposing the pipeline, is a member of CEA.

However, as reported by Energy and Policy Institute (and cross-posted in DeSmog):

  • CEA is a front group paid by Dominion Energy and other oil, gas and utility interests
  • CEA’s press release does not disclose the fact that CEA has received funding from Dominion Energy and other companies with a financial interest in seeing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline go forward
  • CEA has a history of fraudulently representing public support for its clients’ energy projects (Ohio property owners asked the postal inspection service and FERC to conduct a criminal review of CEA in September 2016)
  • CEA was caught submitting a fraudulent petition in 2016 which attacked net metering and defended utility companies’ fixed-rate increase proposals in Wisconsin

See Richard Averitt’s video discussing the poll here.

Senate to Hold Hearing on 2 FERC Nominees


The Elyria, Ohio, Chronicle reported on May 21, 2017, that a U.S. Senate hearing this week could clear way for Ohio’s NEXUS pipeline decision. “A U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing Thursday to fill two vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which holds the future of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline that is proposed to be built through Lorain County.” This is an important hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline as well. Click here for contact information for members of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, which will hold the hearing.

Divest from Pipeline Support


Where is the money is coming from? Are you supporting destructive and unnecessary pipelines?

Protect and Divest is launching a nationwide divestment campaign to defund the pipelines threatening the East Coast. From Atlantic Sunrise to Atlantic Coast to PennEast to Sabal Trail to Mountain Valley, environmental and native rights are at stake.

Divest your money from the banks funding these projects and show the world that we will not fund our destruction anymore!

For more information, follow this link: http://protectanddivest.weebly.com/divest.html

Dominion’s Political Toxicity


Writing in a Washington Post opinion column on May 19, 2017, Mike Tidwell and LaDelle McWorter discuss why an all-powerful corporation is becoming politically toxic in Virginia. “More than 60 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates have rejected campaign contributions from fossil-fuel giant Dominion Energy. Two candidates for governor, a Democrat and a Republican, have, too. It’s the equivalent of an earthquake.”

Why? Because Virginians are realizing that Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction plans include removing the tops of 38 miles of heavily forested, mostly pristine ridge lines, shaving off 10 to 60 feet to create the wide, flat surface needed for Dominion’s heavy equipment to lay the 42-inch-diameter pipe. Plus much of the needed land would be seized by eminent domain from landowners who understandably don’t want such destruction on their property. (Dominion says they would remove all the rock and rubble, then pile it back again in a treeless heap, and professes to believe that would be environmentally friendly. Of the treeless swath of wasteland, Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby says, “You won’t even notice it.”

Further, Dominion has dumped toxic coal-ash liquid into major Virginia rivers, wants to bury remaining coal ash right where it currently sits on the river banks (where it is already suspected of toxic leaking) because they say it is too expensive to move it to modern, safer landfills. Plus Dominion wants to build an unneeded $19 billion nuclear reactor at its North Anna plant, costs that would be passed on to consumers. Without Dominion’s throttle hold on Virginia and its legislators, the state might even begin to improve its abysmally low standing in development of renewable energy and start to catch up with neighboring North Carolina and Maryland in solar and wind power.

In a related story reported in the May 18, 2017 Newport News Daily Press, State Senator Chap Peterson, D-Fairfax, wants “to harness a populist wave against the energy giant to pass major reforms in Virginia. Those include a new ban on campaign contributions from Dominion and other public service corporations, as well as an upheaval at the State Corporation Commission, the government branch tasked with regulating utilities and other businesses.”

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia


Walking the Line, June 17 – July 1, 2017, Highland, Bath Augusta, Nelson & Buckingham Counties

A walk of Resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed fracked-gas pipeline (ACP) path. See for yourself what is on the line- The forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier!

Starting in Highland County, we will follow as close as possible to the proposed path for 150 miles (1st leg) – Through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Co, and into the heart of Virginia; Buckingham County- the site of the proposed toxin-emitting Compression Station.

Our vision is for this to be a celebratory, peaceful walk of resistance, to share the stories of the communities and the beauty of the landscape that would be impacted, to raise awareness and help ensure that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition.

There are many ways to get involved- Full and partial walks, day hikes, events, sponsorship, and plenty of other ways to support the walkers if you aren’t able to join the walk yourself.  Go to the Walking the Line Web page for more information.

And be sure to check out the video of “Sow Em on the Mountain”!

Multiple events are planned in conjunction with Walking the Line.

First, Paint the Line! Making Art for Walking the Line at Community Bikes on Friday, May 19 – Noon to 3pm. Community Bikes 405 Avon St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.  A gathering to make signs, banners and art of all stripes to support Walking the Line Into the Heart of Virginia: A Two Week Walk along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route, June 17th- July 2nd. Some supplies will be on site as well as some facts to help spin into imagery, but any materials and ideas you bring are welcome. If you have a moment to drop off some cardboard off and say hello to us, that’s cool too. Your support makes a difference. Please shout this out and share this with friends.

Tuesday May 23, 2017,  Walking the Line – Walk Update and Social Gathering 7:30-9:00 pm. Three Notch’d Brewing Company, 946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903   Join us, for a walk update and social gathering for everyone coming on the walk, interested in finding out more, or supporting Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia…as we countdown to Day One, on Saturday, June 17!  We’ll have detailed route updates, so that you can see when and where we’ll be heading, on this 150 mile pilgrimage into the heart of Virginia, as well as information about the planned stops and events along the ‘line,’ such as the Walking the Line Celebration Concert in Staunton on Friday, June 23.

Walking the Line, June 17 – July 1, 2017, Highland, Bath Augusta, Nelson & Buckingham Counties.  The walk itself – see above.

Friday June 23, 2017, The Celebration Concert, 6:00-9:00 pm, Sunspots Pavilion, 202 Lewis Street, Staunton, VA 24401 Welcome the walkers from “Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia” to a family style concert with Laurie Lichtenwalner, Boxcar Speakeasy, Rick Olivarez Trio and more. Rain or shine with tents and chairs for our audience with reservations. Food from The Saucy Bird and The Dirty Bean.  Tickets are free, but donations to support the work and the musicians are welcome. Doors open 5:30 pm.  We will film the second version of our Sow Em on the Mountain song video at the Celebration Concert.   More info here.

Sunday June 25, 2017, noon-7:00 pm, Seven Arrows Brewery, 2508 Jefferson Hwy, Waynesboro VA.  No Pipeline Concert.  Free, family friendly.  Music by The Cross Eyed Cats, The Findells, and Charlottesville Community Drum Choir.