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SWCB Votes 4-3 to Approve ACP – Subject to Delays and Conditions

On December 12, 2017, the Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4 to 3 to approve certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. However, the approval does not immediately grant the 401 water permits requested by Dominion; it is subject to certain conditions and to information which must be provided by the ACP. The permit can’t take effect until several additional studies are reviewed and approved by DEQ, including soil and erosion control plans and stormwater management plans. Although this is not an outright denial of the permits, it does not allow Dominion to move forward at this time.

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance’s weekly ABRA Update (December 14, 2017) describes the hearings as ” a two-day meeting that varied from moment to moment between serious presentations and deliberations and utter confusion exhibited by the staff of the Department of Environmental Quality. For those persons present for the proceedings, it was a regulatory roller coaster ride.”  The ABRA Update also says, “The final language of the Board’s action has at this writing not been posted on the DEQ webpage for the ACP project. But, according to information available at the meeting, the following appears to be the relevant operative language in the motion adopted by the Board:

This certificate shall be effective only following submission, review, and final approval as required by law of the Karst Mitigation Plan, Annual Standards and Specifications, Stormwater Plans, and Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, and a report to the Board and the public by DEQ on the adequacy of these materials. The Board may consider further actions on the Certification following the review of the DEQ report.” 

A statement from Chesapeake Climate Action Network says, “Bowing to unprecedented opposition from landowners and environmentalists, the Virginia State Water Control Board today threw a wrench in the plans of Governor Terry McAuliffe and Dominion Energy to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas. The board voted 4-3 to approve the project under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, but dependent on a final review of several environmental studies. The vote delays Dominion’s plan to begin near-term construction of the 600-mile pipeline. The decision likely means this issue will be delayed into 2018 and into the administration of Governor-elect Ralph Northam, who has taken a less openly supportive stance on the pipeline due to environmental concerns.”

In the video below, Bill Hayden, spokesperson for the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, struggles to answer questions from reporters on the status of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after DEQ’s decision on December 12, 2017. When asked by reporters why the DEQ didn’t require full environmental studies from Dominion BEFORE the Water Control Board hearing today, he says, “I don’t know.” When asked how long the vote today could delay a start date for the ACP, he says at least “March or April.” That’s because the sedimentation study on the pipeline alone won’t be complete till then. He indicates that the SWCB left the door open to remand this permit for cause once the reports are completed. Dominion cannot start construction until all these reports are submitted and approved Obviously DEQ and Governor McAuliffe and Dominion were completely surprised by the delay vote today.

State Water Control Board Hearings on the ACP – Day 1

Photo by Marion Kanour

Scenes from Day 1 of the Virginia State Water Control Board hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, December 11, 2017.

Click here for Marion Kanour’s photo album of Day 1 of the Water Control Board’s ACP hearing, December 11, 2017. There is commentary with each photo. One photo shows the “No standing or sitting” signs posted since last week’s MVP hearing, and Marion’s observation that DEQ had “also taped closed the electrical outlets used by attendees to charge phones and laptops. Emphasizing the ‘control’ in the State Water Control Board.”

A video posted on the Water Is Life Facebook page discusses the new signs, the taped outlets, and other new rules.

Richard Averitt, a Nelson County landowner on the ACP route, testifying in what seems to be one more rigged event designed to placate the people and do Dominion’s bidding. Richard began by noting that when he arrived at 7:30 a.m. to sign up to speak, there were 78 people there already and not one was pro-pipeline, yet many pro-pipeline people had been allowed to speak ahead of him.

All stand for The people’s proclamation led by Mara Eve Robbins.

David Sligh, Wild Virginia’s Conservation Director, commenting.

Urge DEQ to Require Site-Specific Reviews

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality must conduct a site-specific review everywhere the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross a Virginia lake, river, or stream.

Write to Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and DEQ Director David Paylor:
Molly Ward:, 804.786.0044.
David Paylor:, 804.698.4020.

You can sign a petition to Governor McAuliffe and members of the State Water Control Board here:

Attend the Water is Life Rally & Concert on Saturday, December 2nd, in Richmond. Event details here.

Show up in solidarity and protest at the Virginia Water Control Board final hearings on the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines:

  • Mountain Valley Pipeline: 9:30 a.m.Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.
  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline: 9:30 a.m.Monday, December 11, 2017, and Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.

You can find the agendas here.

Who Will Get the Money?

Why does Dominion Energy want customers to pay at least $1.5 billion for a new pipeline?

For Dominion Energy, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a sweet deal. For Virginians, it’s a scam. The state already has plenty of pipeline capacity, and Dominion has shown no evidence that it needs more. So why does Dominion want customers to pay at least $1.5 billion for a new pipeline?

On the National Resources Defense Council’s Web page, you can click to send a letter to members of the Virginia State Water Control Board opposing certification of the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

Old Growth Trees on the Proposed ACP Route

Video from the October 27, 2017, hike along the proposed pipeline route among old growth trees on Bill Limbert’s Bath County property. Here landowner Bill talks about the springs and streams on their property. All threatened by construction and blasting causing sedimentation, pollution, forever changing underground channels and streams. He also talks about being in karst geology and why that matters.