The Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative is already at work, and has filed an initial inquiry into apparent unauthorized access road and staging area construction in the MP158 area, the Augusta County Horizontal Direction Drilling area. Observations were made and photographs were obtained that indicate apparent noncompliance with restrictions against earth disturbance and construction prior to receipt of required approvals by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In addition, road construction and equipment-staging-area construction appears to have occurred that was not described in project descriptions provided in permit applications to these agencies. Inquiries and requests for clarification will be submitted to the DEQ and to FERC. Later Pipeline CSI reports will provide agency responses.
For more information, see Initial Incident Report
NBC29 posted excellent news coverage of the CSI on March 13, 2018. Michael Godfrey is a veteran of the Air Force and is now one of 10 pilots flying over the valley’s mountainous terrain on behalf of the Pipeline Air Force. “All environmental enforcement is dependent on the local citizenry being observant, aware, concerned,” says Godfrey.