What can you do while we wait on the courts for hearings and decisions on the several pipeline-related issues? You could:
- Tell FERC: Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline to protect Appalachia’s endangered species. In April 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began to evaluate the impacts of sediment pollution from construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on local threatened and endangered species. The agency expressed its concern in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Although the agency’s initial analysis demonstrated that endangered species, including the endemic Roanoke Logperch, are at increased risk, work on the pipeline continues, and the well-being of the logperch, the candy darter, the Indiana bat and more remains under threat. FERC has the authority to stop construction of the MVP to ensure the protection of Appalachia’s biodiversity! Send a message to FERC via the Appalachian Voices Web page.
- Tell Congress: Don’t let Dominion convince Congress to sneak in a rider to critical legislation which would allow the pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway! You can print, sign, and mail this letter to Representative Denver Riggleman – or write your own letter and mail it! For another sample letter, and for addresses of Virginia’s Senators and other Congressional representatives, see the Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s page, Help Us Preserve the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah!