Pipelines Endanger Water Supply

In this June 20, 2017, Roanoke Times commentary by Tina Smusz, a retired medical practitioner and assistant professor of medicine who volunteers full-time addressing environmental threats to the Roanoke and New River Valleys comments on a May 28, 2017 opinion piece by Shawn Posey, Senior Vice President for Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction & Engineering, on “MVP’s commitment to safety and natural resources.”

Smusz writes that, “Mr. Posey neglected to detail the harmful (and permanent) effects expected to water, arguably our most important natural resource” and discusses all the ways in which the MVP threatens the water supply of the immediate and wider area. She notes that Posey did not address safety at all, specifically the threats from “toxins associated with construction, operation and maintenance of this high pressure pipeline,” including insecticides, carcinogenic compounds, methane, and radioactive sediment left in pipes because methane used in fracking contains high levels of radon which leads to radioactive deposits in the pipe.

“Finally, Mr. Posey did not reveal the fact that ALL pipelines leak. The EPA acknowledged in 2012 that pipeline leaks accounted for more than 10 percent of total methane emissions from U.S. natural gas systems.” Recent studies show rising leakage rates and also show “transmission lines installed in the 2010s are failing at a significantly higher rate than those installed in earlier decades, including the 1940s.”

We are sure Dominion’s Aaron Ruby would present the same rosy picture of pipelines as Posey did, ignoring exactly the same harmful and permanent effects that Posey ignored.

Read the full article here.

In the Path of the Pipeline: C’ta DeLaurier

Dominion and Duke Energy will use eminent domain to take private property from landowners along the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In a new video from the Southern Environmental Law Center we hear the comments of C’ta DeLaurier, one of the people in the path of the pipeline. “This is just a land grab for a privately owned utility,” says DeLaurier. As the video reminds us, “Dominion and Duke Energy shareholders are guaranteed a 14% rate of return on their investment in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from the federal government. This amount of guaranteed money isn’t available anywhere – not even on Wall Street.”

New DEQ Web Page Gives Criteria for ACP/MVP Water Quality Certification

How does the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) say it would evaluate water quality certifications for the proposed ACP and MVP? Go to their new Web page to find out. DEQ says, “Due to the size and scope of proposed natural gas pipeline projects in Virginia, DEQ is developing additional requirements to ensure that Virginia water quality standards are maintained in all areas affected by the construction of these pipelines. DEQ will require Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline to provide details and site plans to assess whether construction activities in adjacent areas will adversely affect water quality during construction and to ensure that water quality is maintained into the future. This additional certification goes well beyond other regulatory requirements and will protect water quality across the range of pipeline activities, not just temporary construction impacts to streams and wetlands.”

The Web page lists details of five regulatory and review tools that will provide comprehensive oversight and thorough technical evaluation:

  • Environmental impact review.
  • Stormwater, erosion and sediment control.
  • Federal wetlands and stream regulation.
  • Virginia water quality certification.
  • Water quality monitoring.

Dominion’s at the Bottom

In a new study on energy efficiency of the 51 largest electric utilities Dominion ranks next to the bottom. Released June 13, 2017, by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the “first edition of the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses the 51 largest US electric utilities across a range of energy efficiency metrics. The metrics fall into three categories critical to utility-sector efficiency: (1) quantitative savings and spending performance, (2) program diversity and emerging areas, and (3) targets, business models, and evaluation.”

The in-depth study is the first of its kind, but Dominion ranked very low in previous less comprehensive studies.

The report received no utility funding, and all 51 utilities reviewed had the opportunity to review the report before publication. ACEEE is a nonprofit organization working to be a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

Beginning June 17: Walking the Line

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia begins Saturday, June 17, 2017, and runs through Sunday, July 2.

It’s a walk of resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed path of a fracked-gas pipeline (ACP). See for yourself what is on the line…the forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

The walk starts on Saturday June 17, 2017, in Highland & Bath Counties with a Kick Off Rally at Noon at a historic family property on Sam Snead Highway in Bath (https://goo.gl/maps/JBeyY8Y2TMy), that is ‘On The Line.’

The walk will continue, following as closely as possible the proposed ACP path for 150 miles, through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Counties, into the heart of Virginia, Buckingham County – the site of the proposed toxin-emitting compressor station.

Join Walking the Line for a day, a weekend, or the whole two week adventure! Food is provided for a suggested $10 p/d donation (they need to know in advance), and their support truck will get you back to your vehicle at the end of the day, or following your days with the walk.

More information at http://www.walkingtheline.org/ (the daily schedule is here) or at https://www.facebook.com/events/677971072394149/

Watch the videos created by Walking the Line:

  • Sow ‘Em on the Mountain.  Create your own verse of Sow ‘Em On The Mountain and let us know you plan to come and sing it with us at the Celebration Concert when we film the second version of this song video. message us on facebook! You gonna reap just what you sow….
  • Follow water long enough, and Your water becomes Ours. At several points along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route, creeks and streams, including the headwaters of the Shenandoah and James River, will be irreversibly altered. At one point, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposes going under the James River. The question of how to respond to the pipe exploding, when it does, is one of many questions Dominion is not able to answer. To learn more about the effect of the proposed pipeline on our local water sources, explore the beautiful film, made last year ‘Troubled Waters: Voices from Bath.’ Or to begin, visit the 15 minute Vimeo version here: https://vimeo.com/191207599.
  • Walk with Me.  An invitation to join Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia for an hour, a day, or the entire two weeks. From a conversation with key organizers.
  • Why this fight?  A conversation with some, not remotely all, of the organizations and volunteers working to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked-gas pipelines. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Kirk Bowers of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising, Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Malik Olson of Walking the Line and Cville Rising. 
  • The Good News: or it’s a shame it takes an enemy. With Kirk Bowers of Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Randy Whiting and Joyce Burton of Friends of Nelson, Peter Anderson of Appalachian Voices, Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance, Joseph Jeeva Abate of Yogaville Environmental Solutions – YES and Lee White of Walking the Line and Cville Rising.
  • Thou Shalt Have no Dominion Here.  Focuses on the Buckingham Compressor Station as a stark example of environmental racism and injustice. With Pastor Paul Wilson of the Union Hill and Union Grove Baptist Churches, cultural anthropologist Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, from Friends of Buckingham and Joseph Jeeva Abate from YES (Yogaville Environmental Solutions).
  • “What Lies Beneath: Water Killer, Job Killer”.  Focuses on Augusta County and pipeline threats to water and jobs. With Nancy Sorrells of Augusta County Alliance.