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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

Background:
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).

Support Virginia’s HB 167


Please ask your delegate to support HB 167. The bill would require electric utilities who want to expand their capacity to deliver fuel and then recover the costs from their customers to prove that: 1) additional capacity is needed, 2) both the amount of additional supply and its delivery date are clearly identified, 3) alternatives have been objectively studied, and 4) the new source is the least expensive option. If HB 167 were to become law, it would cut down on the number of costly, dangerous and unnecessary pipeline projects like the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

Click here for detailed information on the bill and to follow its progress.

Click here to find your legislators and their contact information.

In addition to contacting your own legislators, the League of Conservation Voters suggests it would be useful to contact the following key legislators and tell them you support HB167: