Category Archives: Construction

End of the Line: Episode 2, “Home”


End of the Line podcasts cover conflicts over pipeline construction in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states.  In Episode 2: “Home,” the  we hear stories from Bent Mountain residents resisting surveyor trespass against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. And from Nelson County, neighbors uniting in the face of controversial routes over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Here’s Episode 1: “Done Deal?” in case you missed it.

Wintergreen Property Owners: Vote “YES” on Pipeline Covenant


Wintergreen property owners should vote ‘Yes” on the WPOA Pipeline Covenant. Go here if you need ballot. Deadline: July 4! There will be a Special Meeting of Members of the Association to be held at the Skyline Pavilion, 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen, Virginia, on July 4, 2017 at 9:00am.

Property owners are being asked to approve a proposal to amend and insert the following text into Article IV, Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of the Wintergreen Property Owners Association: “The Association shall not infringe upon or in any way inhibit or interfere with the Members’ Easements of Enjoyment in the Common Properties by permitting or allowing the above or below ground construction or installation of any lines, facilities, structures or any other appurtenances relating to the transmission of utilities on any Common Properties. This provision shall only apply to transmission line utilities and shall not apply to any utilities that cross upon, above or below any Common Properties for the purpose of providing services or utilities directly to the Association or any Members.”

In the Path of the Pipeline: Hazel Palmer


Watch the video: Path of the Pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will not just destroy the land and water in its crosscut – it will also disrupt the lives and businesses of people living along the 600 mile planned route of the pipeline. Hazel Palmer’s land in Lyndhurst, Virginia has been in her family for over a century. Now, it’s in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Little Valley: High-Hazard Pipeline Construction

DCMP photo:  The centerline of the proposed ACP along the ridge crest of Little Mountain. Extreme excavation will be required for pipeline construction and maintenance of a permanent right-of-way.

Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has published a new report on construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline across Little Valley in Virginia’s Bath County: Little Valley: High-Hazard Pipeline Construction.

The Little Valley area, like much of the proposed ACP route through the mountains, presents extreme challenges for pipeline construction due to steep slopes, high-excavation requirements, erodible and slip-prone soil cover, and interconnected karst ground water systems.

Examination of regulatory documents and available project plans for construction of the pipeline corridor and access roads in the Little Valley area reveals a general failure of the review process conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and raises concerns about permitting by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Little Valley exemplifies the significant risk posed by Dominion’s persistent failure to conduct critical studies to assess environmental hazards and to provide the detailed project plans needed for informed agency and public review of the project.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced in April 2017 that it would conduct a stream-by-stream review prior to issuing a Water Quality Certification for the ACP. We now know that the VADEQ instead plans to narrowly limit its review, and that it will rely on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting for stream and wetlands crossings. The USACE generally authorizes pipeline projects under a previously issued blanket (nationwide) permit without analysis of individual stream crossings or the cumulative effects of multiple stream crossings.

To date, it seems that neither the VADEQ nor the USACE have received complete applications from Dominion, and it has not been confirmed that Dominion will be required to submit site-specific construction and environmental mitigation plans with the level of detail needed for meaningful review by the regulatory agencies and the public.

Why This Fight?


“Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia” presents “Why this fight?” A conversation with some, not remotely all, of the organizations and volunteers working to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked-gas pipelines.

With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Kirk Bowers of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising, Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Malik Olson of Walking the Line and Cville Rising.

This is such a good fight for so many reasons and we haven’t yet even talked about the unlawful use of eminent domain. We will. Go to http://walkingtheline.org/ to learn more. Join us!