Category Archives: DEIS

Reminder – Community Meeting – February 12, 2017

Join us on Sunday February 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center for a community meeting. The featured guest will be Thomas Hadwin, speaking on “Challenging the Purpose and Need of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.” Thomas has worked for electric and gas utilities in Michigan and New York and has written numerous articles, reports and FERC submissions on the absence of any public need or benefit for the ACP. We’ll also discuss the upcoming FERC hearings on the DEIS.

High-Risk Proposal to Drill Through Blue Ridge at Reed’s Gap

[Photo by John Claman:  Piney Mountain,Three Ridges, Reed’s Gap]

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has submitted a report to FERC on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed ACP and the proposal to drill through the Blue Ridge Mountains at Reed’s Gap, going under the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Forest.

The report, A High Risk Proposal: Drilling Through the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, points to the many ways in which the information provided in the DEIS is insufficient to support evaluation of the proposed Blue Ridge drilling operation. It details missing information as well as MISinformation. For example:

  • The scale of excavation is not fully disclosed or considered, and the results of critical geophysical investigations have not been provided.
  • Identification of geohazards and evaluation of mitigation measures have been deferred until later, precluding a meaningful opportunity for informed review of the project.
  • The published DEIS fails to meet the information needs of of the public or the governmental agencies that have responsibilities related to the ACP project.

DPMC says FERC must release a revised DEIS to:

  • prove that boring through the Blue Ridge is a practicable option, by providing reliable and complete geophysical data
  • disclose the real extent of land disturbance and water quality damage the proposal would create
  • include detailed, site-specific plans and pollution control measures for all alternatives for crossing the Blue Ridge

Time Change in FERC’s Nelson County Hearing


FERC has made a time change in the public comment session on the DEIS scheduled for Wednesday February 22, 2017, at Nelson County High School in Lovingston. Instead of 6:00-9:00 pm, the hearing will now be from 6:30-9:00. FERC says they will be bringing additional court reporters to make up for the lost time.  Come early to sign up for a number to speak!

Please note: comments will not be taken in public as they were at the scoping meeting. Speakers’ comments will be taken in a private room with a stenographer. 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 so that there is an irrefutable paper trail!

Joint Motion Filed to Rescind DEIS

A Farmville Herald article on January 26, 2017, reports that on January 23 several groups filed with FERC a joint motion to rescind the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), issued by FERC on December 30, 2016. “The need for this action became clear after Dominion and its partners … in the (ACP) added thousands of pages of additional information obviously prepared before the DEIS was issued,” opponents said in a joint press release. “The motion also requests that the FERC ‘hold the public comment period in abeyance’ until the supplemental DEIS is issued.” According to the motion, on January 10 “Dominion filed an additional 14 documents supplementing its original application. This filing of new information contains thousands of new pages of information, voluminous appendices and attachments on environmental issues directly relevant to the DEIS.”

The January 26, 2017, Joint Motion to Rescind the DEIS is here.

The January 10, 2017 supplemental filing by Dominion is here.

 

Community Meeting on ACP


Join us on Sunday February 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Community Center for a community meeting. The featured guest will be Thomas Hadwin, speaking on “Challenging the Purpose and Need of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.” Thomas has worked for electric and gas utilities in Michigan and New York and has written numerous articles, reports and FERC submissions on the absence of any public need or benefit for the ACP. We’ll also discuss the upcoming FERC hearings on the DEIS.