On August 20, 2018, Friends of Wintergreen sent an extensive analysis to the National Park Service informing the agency that Atlantic Coast Pipeline will have a significant negative impact on Wintergreen viewsheds.
In their introductory comments, they say:
The purpose of this letter is to:
- Identify substantial additional visual impacts of the Pipeline that establish that the Proposed Path of the Pipeline is entirely inconsistent with the conservation purposes of the Parkway and the overall National Park System.
- Identify an alternate route for the Pipeline across the Parkway at I-64/Rockfish Gap that involves substantially fewer visual impacts and that, therefore, is more consistent with the conservation purposes of the Parkway and the overall National Park System.
- Respond to the inaccurate public statements of Dominion/ACP as to why the Fourth Circuit opinion is wrong and can easily be remedied by the NPS.
A video from Miracle Ridge in Bath County VA.
Read the related Washington Post story: Dominion: We have to destroy the Picasso to save the Picasso.
Governor Northam has been invited to Miracle Ridge – will he go??
Chesapeake Climate Action Network continues to sponsor the summer camp on Bill and Lynn Limpert’s land. CCAN shares this information about the ongoing camp:
“Miracle Ridge,” home of Bill and Lynn Limpert, is home to many important and valuable things, including countless centuries-old trees. But because it sits in the path of Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, every single one of those trees are at risk — which is why dozens of campers have joined the Limperts for “No Pipeline Summer: A Camp to Save the Limpert’s Land.”
Just like the beautiful trees, Miracle Ridge is home to many precious memories. This is why we’re running a camp log at Miracle Ridge. Within the log, anyone has the option to write about their experiences during their stay in Miracle Ridge. Ever since the book and pen has been available to everyone, multiple people have written their valuable stories and thoughts. Just like the ones below.
Join us at “No Pipeline Summer” to make your own heartwarming memories, and remember what’s at stake.
Read comments by visitors in the camp log.
Rev. Kevin Chandler, VA NAACP President, at Union Hill
In a letter dated May 30, 2018, the Virginia State NAACP has called on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to halt all construction activity for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.
An article in Blue Virginia on July 30, 2018, says, “The state NAACP statement was submitted to the Virginia State Water Control Board on May 30 as part of a public comment period on the proposed pipelines. It was among thousands of comments submitted by concerned citizens and environmental and community organizations. The NAACP statement has remained hidden from public view because DEQ has failed to publish the ‘public’ comments, pointing to an unspecified security ‘issue’ with its website and the time needed to ‘process’ so many comments. DEQ’s lack of transparency left the NAACP statement and similar submissions largely unavailable – until now. It is yet another example of what has been called DEQ’s broken regulatory process under its longtime director, David Paylor.” (Note that although DEQ has been unable to make comments public, Wild Virginia and Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition obtained most of the 10,000 comments through a FOIA request, and have made them public, something DEQ has been unable or unwilling to do.)
The NAACP letter denounces DEQ for deferring to Nationwide Permit 12 water quality standards rather than applying the stricter Virginia standards, and calls on DEQ to conduct a “comprehensive site-specific stream-by-stream analysis that reviews the cumulative effects of the multiple crossings within individual watersheds.” The letter notes that “socio-economic data and wetland and stream information crucial to conducting accurate and unbiased assessments are missing, inaccurate and incomplete.”
The letter also points out the environmental racism inherent in Dominion’s plan to build the only Virginia compressor station in the African-American Union Hill community. “Established by freed enslaved people, Union Hill relies on a single-source aquifer for their drinking water,” and Dominion and DEQ gave “no consideration for pipeline ruptures which could pollute the single source aquifer which feeds the wells of Union Hill and most of Buckingham County.”
The Blue Virginia article details the many strong public statements by the NAACP against pipeline projects and the ways communities of color are particularly impacted by their construction and operation.
A July 26, 2018, letter from two Virginia State Senators and 12 Delegates asks Governor Northam yet again to halt both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where they will cross Virginia waterways.
Signing the letter were Senators Deeds and Peterson, and Delegates Keam, Plum, Hope, Kory, Lopez, Rasoul, Levine, Hurst, Guzman, Carter, Foy, and Roehm.
“We believe that your clear and bold leadership on pipelines at this critical time can restore the faith that many of our constituents have lost in their governments’ ability to fight for the public’s interest, at a time when that faith is so desperately needed.”
The letter discusses the inadequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit the state is relying on for the hundreds of spots the pipelines will cross Virginia waters and urges DEQ to conduct its own individual review of all crossings.
“We also ask you to direct the DEQ to stop work on all construction activities for these two projects until those analyses are complete. Stream-by-stream analysis is a commonsense solution that environmental experts agree is the appropriate process for these circumstances. You agreed with this standard and forcefully advocated for such analysis in early 2017. We hope you will agree that it is time for DEQ to do this robust study now.”
News coverage of the letter in the Virginia Mercury is here.
Read the full letter here.
The biggest regional land-clearing project since the federal highway program of the 1960s is now underway in Virginia. In order to build the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, Dominion Energy and EQT are targeting vulnerable communities, destroying precious ecosystems, and threatening the livelihoods of Virginians far and wide.
Enough is enough! Visit Bath County this summer for a continuous peaceful and family-friendly encampment on the property of Bill and Lynn Limpert. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is slated to go right through their property, destroying hundreds of its jaw-dropping old growth trees, and decapitating an entire ridgeline known locally as “Miracle Ridge.” To participate, sign up here. For more information, check out a recent article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch