Category Archives: Tree cutting

FERC Authorizes Tree Felling at Union Hill


At a time when the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has had its Forest Service and National Parks permits revoked and before the air-quality permit required to build the compressor station has been issued, FERC on October 16, 2018, issued an authorization to proceed with non-mechanized tree cutting at the Union Hill compressor station site in Buckingham.  The FERC letter actually says, “Atlantic and DETI have received all federal authorizations applicable for the work activities requested.”  What’s wrong with this picture?!

Read the FERC authorization letter here.

Richmond Times-Dispatch news coverage is here.

Related news:  The Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice asked Northam to suspend pipeline work, but the Governor passes – see Roanoke Times news story here.

The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board, which will consider the required air quality permit for the compressor station, will meet November 8-9, 2018, 9:30 am each day, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Building, Level 2, Room E21-AB, 301 N. 3rd Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

A moment with the community of Union Hill, Buckingham, VA which would be destroyed by the proposed ACP compressor station. Filmed at the July Circle of Protection, “The Air We Breathe” calls out for urgent and immediate help to challenge and deny the air permit for the compressor station. We have a chance to deny the air permit for this station on November 8 & 9 in Richmond and we need your presence to support Union Hill.

SELC Asks FERC to Deny Dominion’s Tree Cutting Request

Photo by Marion Kanour

On October 3, 2018, Dominion, on behalf of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, asked FERC for permission to proceed with tree felling in certain areas of Virginia that FERC had not already authorized. On October 5, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a letter asking FERC to deny the request and to issue a stop-work order in light of the fact that the Fourth Circuit has issued a stay of the Forest Service permit. Because much of Dominion’s filing was “privileged” and not available to the public, SELC also urged the FERC to make publicly available the maps referenced in the ACP request showing where tree felling would occur.

Standing Like a Tree


“Standing Like a Tree”: @Lobo Marino makes a call to action. The emotionally powerful new video shows what the ACP could destroy.

Consider visiting Miracle Ridge and Oona before September 8 to witness what is at stake. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/393037261100435/

“Standing Like a Tree” was filmed at Miracle Ridge, a Virginia mountain old growth forest slated for execution by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Co-produced, arranged and performed by indie folk band Lobo Marino. From their Richmond, Virginia home base, Lobo Marino’s Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price have toured nationally for six years and produced seven records. Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots, this DIY band plays on large festival stages and the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country. Their music, built primarily around harmonium, Price’s elegantly simple full body percussion and Sullivan’s deep root vocals, carries the message of humanity’s need to find balance with nature.

“Standing Like a Tree” is based on an original 1987 song and lyrics by activist Betsy Rose who gave permission to use the piece to once again raise awareness of what must be protected. The film features Ona, a 300 year old silver maple at the center of the steep slope Miracle Ridge which the pipeline would destroy, land stewards Bill and Lynn Limpert, and snapshots of the legal and direct action resistance to the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines.

Video was shot and edited by Chris Damon and Kate Rivara of Richmond film collective “Good Day RVA”. Additional footage by @Aspen Miller with sound captured by Patrick Ball.

FERC Approves Stabilization Plan for ACP Work Stoppage

From the ABRA Update, August 23, 2018:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on August 17, 2018, granted permission for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP, LLC) to implement plans to conduct interim work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) during the period of the stop work order on the project. FERC had requested the plan as part of its August 10 stop work order for the project, which had been prompted by an August 6 federal court decision vacating two key permits for the ACP and a subsequent request made to the agency by several ABRA members for a stop work order to be issued.

FERC’s August 17 letter to ACP, LLC authorizes the company “to implement the plans with the following condition: for locations where trees have been felled, but mainline construction activity has not yet started (table 3.1-1 of each plan), Atlantic and DETI must continue monitoring the right-of-way as dictated by weather conditions, but no less than once every month.”

Continuing, the letter states, “We note that clearing of felled vegetation has not yet occurred on federal lands. Thus, the stabilization measures (except for monitoring) would generally not apply to these locations. However, Atlantic must continue to work and seek concurrence from the appropriate agencies for any additional measures that Atlantic may propose on federal lands.”

The ACP, LLC plan, submitted August 14, is available here.