Now that Dominion has filed with FERC, we have a new docket number: CP15-554. Use this new number on all your letters to FERC.
In their application, Dominion requested that FERC use “shortened procedures” and “waive rules and regulations to promptly grant permission” to build the ACP. They said, “In addition, Atlantic requests that the Commission process this Application in accordance with the shortened procedures set forth in Rules 801 and 802 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, and that the Commission omit the intermediate decision procedures… Atlantic requests that the Commission waive, to the extent necessary, its general rules and regulations applicable to this filing in order to grant promptly the requested authorization.” (From Application Vol. I, page 40)
We need to write more letters to FERC stating our opposition to any shortened procedures being used to approve the ACP.
Here’s a sample of what you could say:
State your relationship to the ACP:
- I am a property owner on the route of the ACP
- I live in Nelson County [or another community] directly impacted by the ACP
- I am a frequent visitor to the National Forest/Nelson County/ etc. traversed by the route etc.
- My property will be impacted by the ACP (if true).
1. I strongly object to any shortened procedures being used to approve this project. I request that FERC enforce all of its rules and regulations applicable to this filing.
2. Furthermore, under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), federal agencies must evaluate the impacts of several related projects with cumulative impacts proposed or reasonably foreseeable in the same geographic region in a single Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). I feel that it is imperative that FERC do so in this case to properly evaluate the impacts to [choose one: my property and community/my community and beyond/nearby communities and beyond]. This Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) must be a comprehensive evaluation of the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of pipeline development in this region (including all four interstate natural gas pipelines currently proposed for the central Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia and West Virginia) and evaluate all reasonable, less damaging alternatives.
3. I also request that FERC provide adequate time for review of the draft Environmental impact statement when it is issued. Given that the draft EIS will provide a large amount of information that I need to review to protect my interests, I request that FERC allow 120 days to comment on it.
You can send your comment electronically or by U.S. mail.
Directions to submit an e comment:
Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx and fill in your information. They will send you an email immediately. You will need to click on the link they provide in the email. It will take you to the FERC comment page. You will need to enter the ACP docket number – CP15-554. After you have entered it, it should show up in a box, and you will need to click on the blue ‘+’ next to it. Then you copy and paste your comment into the provided box or write in your comment and submit.
Address to mail the comment via U.S.P.S.:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426