On behalf of numerous groups in Virginia and West Virginia (including Friends of Nelson), Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a motion to intervene in the permit process for the project and a formal protest. In addition, the groups are asking for an evidentiary hearing. In their 50-page filing, the environmental groups describe in detail how the companies presented flawed and exaggerated information about the need for the pipeline, while ignoring the impacts to the environment, landowners, communities and the general public, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of cleaner sources of energy that development of the pipeline would displace. In particular, the project would:
- Fragment the heart of the largest remaining wild landscape in the eastern U.S.;
- Cut through farms that have been held in families for generations, severing people’s attachment to their home place;
- Lower property values in the vicinity of the pipeline and gas production areas;
- Exacerbate health and environmental threats in communities near the gas drilling; and
- Further commit the nation to long-term dependence on climate-altering fossil fuels.
Read the full text of the Appalachian Mountain Advocates press release.