Your Help Wanted – CSI Volunteer Options


The Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) is a program developed by the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and its member organizations to support citizen efforts to ensure strict application of environmental laws and regulations in the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The need for citizen oversight of pipeline construction has been made clear by observations of recent pipeline projects and inadequate regulatory agency response to repeated violations and water resource harm.

Pipeline CSI will focus first on the approximately 200-mile section of the proposed ACP route extending from Harrison County in West Virginia to Buckingham County in Virginia. The extreme earth disturbance required for construction of the ACP in this area of steep mountain sides, high-quality streams, and karst valleys presents an unacceptable risk to water resources.

You can help! Here are the various ways volunteers can participate:

Citizen Observers

  • Work independently or with other organizations to observe and report incidents of both downstream surface water impact and noncompliance with construction requirements.
  • May be organized by coordinators affiliated with local or other regional organizations.
  • Access for viewing pipeline construction areas will ordinarily be limited to public roads or other public vantage points.
  • General guidance for citizen observers is provided on the Pipeline CSI website.
  • Can submit incident reports to CSI Central by using methods provided on the Pipeline CSI website or by methods provided by other organizations.

Stream Monitoring Program Volunteers

  • Participate in monitoring programs managed by local watershed groups and regional programs such as the Trout Unlimited/West Virginia Rivers Pipeline Monitoring program or the Isaak Walton League Save Our Streams program.
  • Take part in training and certification conducted by the monitoring programs.
  • Follow protocols and reporting methods established by the monitoring programs.
  • Can submit incident reports to CSI Central using methods provided on the Pipeline CSI website or by methods provided by the stream monitoring programs.

Research and Administration Volunteers

  • Monitor ACP filings to FERC including the Environmental Compliance and Weekly Status Reports.
  • Monitor FERC docket for inspection reports, variance requests, and other ACP constructionrelated documents.
  • Review construction-related documents provided by regulatory agencies.

CSI First Responders

  • Teams dispatched by CSI Central to investigate reported incidents of surface water impacts or noncompliance with pipeline construction requirements.
  • Recruited based on professional or scientific background related to water resources or erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.
  • Collect data and investigate reported incidents following Pipeline CSI protocols.

Pipeline Air Force

  • Pilots recruited and trained to fly routine pipeline surveillance flights and incident response flights.
  • Photographers recruited to obtain aerial imagery of pipeline construction areas.
  • Drone operators recruited and trained to obtain aerial imagery of pipeline construction areas.
  • Pipeline Air Force participants will follow Pipeline CSI protocols.

CSI Incident Review

  • Provide input to the Pipeline CSI Environmental and Forensic Review Teams evaluating incidents of surface water impacts or noncompliance with construction requirements.
  • Access to review information will be provided through the online CSI Mapping System.
  • Review assistance is requested from professionals with erosion and sediment control and stormwater management backgrounds, as well as from other knowledgeable individuals.
  • Training will be scheduled for interested participants, and information concerning regulatory and technical requirements will be provided through the Pipeline CSI website.

BECOME A CSI VOLUNTEER! Go to: http://pipelineupdate.org/csi-help/

Questions? Contact Lew Freeman – lewfreeman@gmail.com or 540-468-2769