Category Archives: Take Action

Tell FERC: Time’s Up for Dominion!

Dominion has asked FERC for a two year extension on its expiring certificate to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. WITHOUT THE EXTENSION, NO ACP CONSTRUCTION COULD HAPPEN AFTER OCTOBER 13, 2020.

Submit your comments to FERC by 5 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020, asking FERC to DENY Dominion’s request for an extension! Be sure to cite the ACP docket number in your comments, CP15-554.

In their June 17 Notice of Request for Extension of Time, FERC says, “The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and three copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426.” Note that comments sent in paper must also arrive at FERC by 5 pm on July 2.

ABRA has put together a helpful sheet of information on how to file with FERC as an individual or as an organization.

For talking points, see:

The eight permits the ACP is still missing are explained here.

Your Voice Is Needed

A request from Wild Virginia:

The Trump administration has acted to weaken Virginia’s ability to protect our water from projects like the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.

We need your voice!

Please call Attorney General Mark Herring today at 804-786-2071.
Tell him to challenge an illegal regulation just finalized by the Trump administration to weaken state powers under the Clean Water Act

Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has now finalized a change to the regulation governing states’ authorities under section 401 of the Clean Water Act; a portion of the law through which Congress intended to retain historic state authorities over their own environments and to veto or alter federally-licensed projects that would damage their waters and their people.

Last October, Wild Virginia sent this letter to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring urging him to strongly oppose this regulatory change and many of you contacted him as well. We are grateful that AG Herring acted in our interest to preserve Virginia’s authority by joining 23 other states in comments to the EPA opposing this move. Predictably, EPA ignored those comments and others from thousands of citizens across the country, in favor of industry interests who seek to avoid proper environmental regulation.

Now, it’s time for our Attorney General to go to court to defeat EPA’s unlawful action. 

Please join us in calling on the Attorney General today! (and thank him for his previous action) As stated in our letter from last year: The Commonwealth of Virginia, since its founding, has a strong history of independence and we must not now defer to the wishes of a President who would trample our rights in favor of fossil fuel companies and others who would despoil our state for profit. 

Please take a moment to add your voice and urge Mark Herring to stand up for our right to protect our water 804-786-2071.

Rockbridge Planning Commission to Consider Approval of ACP Yard

From Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance ABRA Update 275, May 7, 2020:

A proposed storage yard for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be the subject of a May 13 meeting of the Rockbridge County (VA) Planning Commission to discuss its possible approval. (See Concerns Expressed About Proposed ACP Yard in Goshen, VA.) The proposed contractor yard, to be located in Goshen, VA, would be an active hub for pipe welding, fuel storage, pipeline worker rendezvous, material storage, and construction vehicle travel to pipeline installation locations in neighboring Bath, Highland, and Augusta counties.

Action is needed! ABRA members and activists are urged to file comments in opposition to the proposal with the Planning Commission in advance of the May 13 meeting.

For more information, click here for an alert and share it with others.

Movement-Building May

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is excited to announce “Movement-Building May: A Month of Digital Climate Activism!”

In the world of coronavirus, we know more than ever how important it is to listen to science and build a strong, resilient community. That’s why we at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network are celebrating May Day by kicking off a month of trainings, discussions, and more. You’ll learn all about how to level up your advocacy — without leaving your home.

Now is the time to build the skills we need so as soon as we’re able to take to the streets again, we’ll be ready for massive organized action. Join us. Sign up here for “Movement-Building May” events.

So sign up today before the seats fill up:

Dominion Shareholders Meeting, May 6, 2020

The annual Dominion shareholders meeting will be next week, on May 6, 2020. Clean Virginia is circulating a petition to deliver to shareholders before the meeting telling them the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is hopelessly bogged down in court, will harm our climate, and no longer makes economic sense, and it is time to abandon the doomed ACP once and for all. The argument against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is further supported by Dominion’s own words. Dominion is already abandoning previous plans to build 8-10 more fracked-gas power plants in the state. Dominion recently told the Virginia State Corporation Commission that after the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, “significant build-out of natural gas generation facilities is not currently viable.”

Sign the petition here.

Ask Legislators to Halt Work on MVP and ACP During Health Crisis

In this time of unprecedented health crisis, non-critical infrastructure projects like Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline should not be moving forward.

Ask your Federal Representatives to contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 along the pipeline routes by halting all work during the pandemic.

Sign the Sierra Club petition here (or write your own letter).