Category Archives: Natural Resources

Virginia River Healers Raise Banner in Richmond


The Virginia Water Solidarity Banner was lifted over the James River on Friday evening, September 8, 2017, by over 40 water protectors. The banner was spread across the Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge in downtown Richmond, VA and graced the river with the words “Our water is greater than pipelines.” The banner drop was organized by Virginia Water Healers to support kayakers and paddlers who were part of Journey the James. They started up river from Richmond on September 4 at the point where Dominion Energy and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline propose to horizontally drill under the James River between Nelson and Buckingham counties. The Virginia River Healers assert that the construction process threatens the source of drinking water for Richmond and over 2.5 million people.

The Virginia Water Solidarity Banner is a 35′ long anti-pipeline banner that includes a 30′ two headed fish for the public to write down comments and sign their names. The banner travels the state, joining impacted communities at public hearings, standing with water protectors on the front lines, and being strung across threatened rivers. These actions of water solidarity are a call for all Virginians to rise and protect the many river basins the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines threaten.  Read more on the Virginia Water Healers Web page.

TV Ad from NRDC


Here’s the new TV ad that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is running this week in the Richmond, VA market. While this ad targets Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the call for clean water protection is the same request we have for Mountain Valley Pipeline.

And here is a second video also from NRDC.  The ACP could increase electricity rates in order to transport natural gas that we don’t even need, while threatening drinking water, forests, waterways, wetlands, fisheries, and endangered species in three states. Yeah, it’s that bad. Tell state regulators to kill it.  Send a message here to David K. Paylor, Director, VA Department of Environmental Quality, and Governor Terry McAuliffe asking them to stop the ACP.

 

Pipeline Battle

An extensive article in Virginia Business reviews the three year battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It covers discussion over environmental impact, questions of pubic need, Dominion donations, water quality, Governor McAuliffe’s support of the ACP, and a variety of aspects of the casefor and against the ACP.

Read the full article here.

Video: Appalachian Trail and the MVP


Watch this video from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would cross the Appalachian Trail and damage views for up to 100 miles. Despite offering to work with MVP officials to minimize damage to the Trail, our attempts seem to have been ignored, and little has been done to minimize threats to the A.T. hiking experience, local jobs and drinking water quality.

While other pipelines currently cross the A.T., and the ATC has worked with companies in the past to make sure these pipelines and other infrastructure are constructed in a way that minimizes the impact on the Trail and the hiking experience. Unfortunately, Mountain Valley Pipeline is different — EQT Corporation and its partners have not listened to the guidance provided by the ATC, instead choosing a route for the MVP that would damage up to 100 miles of A.T. views, endanger water quality, and threaten local jobs dependent on tourism and outdoor recreation. The ATC supports the construction of sensibly-built, necessary energy infrastructure, and we want to work collaboratively with companies to ensure that both America’s energy needs are met and our iconic public lands are protected. We encourage you to visit AppalachianTrail.org/MVP for more details about the downsides to the proposed MVP route.

And remember, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will also cross the Appalachian Trail.

Natural Gas Development Spurs Invasive Species

A team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads in areas around hundreds of well pads, access roads and pipelines built to extract gas from the Marcellus shale. These invasive species have long-term negative consequences for forest ecosystems, timbering, wildlife habitat and ecotourism.

In findings published on July 20, 2017, in the Journal of Environmental Management, researchers show a direct correlation between the extent of non-native plant invasion and distinct aspects of shale gas development. The invasive species, including Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium), were introduced in gravel and in the mud on tires and under carriages of trucks.

Non-native plant invasion into forests can lead to the demise of native plants in surprising ways. “So if we have Microstegium filling the forest understory and deer are looking for something to eat — since they don’t feed much on Microstegium at all — the deer clip off any native plant growth that manages to get through the invasives,” Penn State’s David Mortensen said. “That allows the invasives to further dominate the plant community.

“As a result, the recruitment of economically important tree species will be curtailed. This process can be really damaging to the health of the forest in the long run, and even in the short term.”

Read the full Penn State News article here.