Hundreds of Nelson County residents showed up at the Nelson County High School in Lovingston on Wednesday, February 22nd, to tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that they oppose the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in Nelson County.
Despite the fact that FERC insisted on a format for the hearing in which people were taken one by one into private rooms to make their comments to FERC, Nelson County residents were united in their opposition to the pipeline. “Nelson county is really speaking with one voice saying we don’t want this pipeline,” said Ernie Reed, president of Friends of Nelson County (ABC 13 WSET).
From environmental impacts to the loss of private property, residents reiterated their many concerns to FERC about the pipeline and continued to voice their strong opposition to its construction in Nelson County and across Virginia. Many expressed deep concern over the fact that FERC appears to have ignored the views of residents and independent organizations when creating the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). “They haven’t done their research,” said Amelia Williams. “There’s all kinds of data that they’ve failed to gather” (WFXR Fox News). “This draft environmental impact statement is a joke,” said Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson. “If they don’t listen then when the environmental impact statement comes out and we don’t see that they’ve taken our concerns seriously, well that’s what the courts are for” (WDBJ 7).
Several news outlets covered the public hearing in Nelson County, including WDBJ 7, NBC 29, WSET 13, CBS 19, and WFXR Fox News.
The Allegheny–Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) has created an excellent overview of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP): DEIS: What Is It? What’s In It? What You Can Do! In just 16 pages (compared to the 2300+ pages in the DEIS!), the overview explains the DEIS’s purpose, main points, and major conclusions, providing the most relevant highlights and quotations for concerned citizens who want to understand more about the DEIS. The document also explains how to make comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in writing or at an upcoming public hearing.
You can download the ABRA’s overview of the DEIS at their Web site by clicking here. For more information about submitting a comment to FERC in response to the DEIS, please visit our FERC page (see the section titled “How to Comment on the DEIS”) and/or our Submit Comments and Write Personal Letters page.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has created an easy-to-use online comment form, Tell FERC: No Atlantic Coast Pipeline, that allows you to send a comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the ACP. The form provides a pre-written letter to FERC that details the many failings of the DEIS; you can edit this letter or add your own comments about the DEIS and how the pipeline would impact you.
Remember you can submit as many comments as you like to FERC during comment periods. Friends of Nelson strongly encourages you to write and submit your own comments to FERC, but you can and should use tools like this form provided by CCAN to submit more comments. They make the process of submitting comments to FERC easy and quick, so that it’s easy to submit more comments. The more comments submitted in opposition to the ACP, the better.
If you are planning or want to attend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Lovingston on Wednesday, February 22nd, but aren’t sure what to say during your three-minute speaking allotment, Friends of Nelson can help. From 6:00 pm on, Friends of Nelson will be available in the Nelson County Middle School library (right next door to the high school, where FERC’s hearing will be held) for help and support. Come gather with us and share information, prepare comments, and wait for your number to be called by FERC for the public comment session.
The FERC hearing in Nelson on the DEIS will be Wednesday February 22, 2017. Be there!
This is our chance to speak up in opposition about the seriously flawed and unacceptably inadequate Draft Environmental Impact Statement. We need as many people as possible to attend – flooding FERC – showing and voicing our disapproval and aversion towards this grossly unnecessary and dangerous pipeline.
Come early to sign up for a number to speak! Comments will NOT be taken in public. Speakers’ comments will be taken in a private room with a stenographer. (This is FERC’s idea of a “public hearing.”) It is therefore crucially important that everyone who gives comments brings a paper copy to give to the stenographer and that everyone ALSO submits their comments to FERC – online or via USPS – so that there is an irrefutable paper trail.
See our Events page for details on other FERC hearings in our area: Farmville on February 21, Staunton on February 23, and Monterey on February 28.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not needed, and we don’t want this 42″, 600-mile fracked gas pipeline. We want clean water, healthy air, our precious lands to stay intact, and a safe future.
In 2005, state and federal regulators dismissed warnings from environmental groups and local officials about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam. Instead, the regulators at the time said they were confident that the hillside at the Oroville Dam that helps hold back hundreds of billions of gallons of water was stable and did not need to be reinforced with concrete. FERC, the agency that oversees the dam’s re-licensing and received the request for armoring, agreed that paving was not needed. State water resources department officials wrote in a final environmental impact report dated June 2008 that no “significant concerns” about the hillside’s stability had been raised in any government or independent review.
In FERC’s DEIS for the ACP, they also say they see no significant concerns. Hmmmm….
Read a February 14, 2017, article about the current problems with the Oroville Dam resulting from the superficial analysis that FERC habitually conducts of projects for which it has responsibility.