Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pipeline Opposition Growing in Craig County

By Patrick Smith, New Castle Record

NEW CASTLE – Opposition to a proposed pipeline that would pass through Craig County is growing, and a group of concerned citizens has organized and plans to present a petition to the Craig County Board of Supervisors at its March 5 meeting.

Citizens to Preserve Craig County, the same group that organized to stop a 765 kV electrical line from being built in Craig County in the 1990s, is now banding together against the proposed 36-42-inch in diameter Mountain Valley Pipeline and other natural gas lines that might pass through the county. Continue reading Pipeline Opposition Growing in Craig County

Insider Buying: Dominion Resources Director Buys $250,000 in Stock

IMG_0233By Zach Kirkland, WKRB

Dominion Resources (NYSE:D) Director William P. Barr acquired 3,390 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 20th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $73.69 per share, with a total value of $249,809.10. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 30,310 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,233,543.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Continue reading Insider Buying: Dominion Resources Director Buys $250,000 in Stock

McAuliffe Defends Signing Dominion Bill

Photo by Stephen M. Katz, Virginia Pilot
Photo by Stephen M. Katz, Virginia Pilot

By Patrick Wilson, Virginian Pilot

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday defended his signing of a bill that put a timeout on the state’s ability to adjust Dominion Virginia Power’s electric rates if the company earns too much profit.

McAuliffe on Tuesday signed SB1349, which freezes base electric rates but also stops the State Corporation Commission from conducting two-year reviews of those rates to determine whether they brought Dominion, a monopoly, too much in profit. Continue reading McAuliffe Defends Signing Dominion Bill

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Has Alternate Routes in Virginia, not North Carolina

dbbNF.AuSt.156By Wilson Daily Times

Feb. 25–Dominion Resources has identified four possible alternate routes for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia but the route for North Carolina remains the same.

Jim Norvelle, Dominion spokesman, said no changes in North Carolina’s route are under consideration and the line will continue along the Interstate 95 corridor. The line is currently proposed to cut through the Rock Ridge area and Sims and about 2,000 feet from the Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson County. Continue reading Atlantic Coast Pipeline Has Alternate Routes in Virginia, not North Carolina

Fracking May Not Stand Chance in Maryland

Poll: Majority oppose fracking; lawmakers say regulations too strict for fracking to occur

By David Collins, WBALTV

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Given the latest public opinion polling, current regulations and new legislation at the moment, fracking may not stand a chance in Maryland. Continue reading Fracking May Not Stand Chance in Maryland

Nelson County Group Takes Offensive Against Pipeline Surveys

pipeline4By Chris Graham, Augusta Free Press

In response to Dominion and Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC’s latest effort to expedite surveys on hundreds of properties in Nelson County, Nelson County residents are taking the offensive.

Friends of Nelson continues to organize landowners in opposition to these illegal surveys.  And another lawsuit targeting Dominion could be on the horizon.

Property owners started receiving letters yesterday from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, dated February 23, stating that surveys will begin in Nelson on Monday, March 2. Continue reading Nelson County Group Takes Offensive Against Pipeline Surveys

Environmental Study Shows Potential Risk from Pipeline Construction

By Bob Stuart, News Virginian

WAYNESBORO — A study requested by an Augusta County supervisor identifies potential risks of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to county groundwater and surface water resources, and also measures the millions of gallons of water flowing from the county annually to adjacent counties.

Tracy Pyles said Tuesday that he wants the study to be presented later this year to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when FERC visits Augusta County. FERC is the federal licensing agency for the natural gas pipeline, which would extend 554 miles from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina when constructed. Continue reading Environmental Study Shows Potential Risk from Pipeline Construction

Dominion Pipes Gas Out from Cove Point, Continues Construction of Liquefaction Facility

Water vapor rises in the background as site preparation work continues at Cove Point LNG despite the cold weather on Friday. The water vapor was from the equipment turning LNG into its gas state to be put in the pipeline to meet increased demand this winter. The current number of construction workers and support staff is at 480 but is expected to climb to 1,500 later this year as the pace of the project picks up and gets beyond site preparation./Photo by Darwin Weigel
Water vapor rises in the background as site preparation work continues at Cove Point LNG despite the cold weather. The water vapor was the result of converting LNG to its gas state./Photo by Darwin Weigel

Note: Cove Point LNG has been dormant as an import facility since 2011. Its function then was to offload liquefied natural gas (LNG) from tankers which originated in Algeria, and pipe it into the seven massive storage tanks. The supercooled and pressurized LNG would then be re-gasified in order to travel through pipelines.
Continue reading Dominion Pipes Gas Out from Cove Point, Continues Construction of Liquefaction Facility

20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Most receive 3 years unsupervised probation

By Andrea Frazier, Calvert Recorder

In multiple court proceedings involving 20 defendants accused of minor charges stemming from late-2014 protests, Calvert residents as well as out-of-state advocates defended their actions they claimed were necessary to protect public health and safety. Continue reading 20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

Ten People Arrested Protesting Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Photo: Richmond People's Climate March
Photo: Richmond People’s Climate March

By Katie Valentine, Think Progress

Ten people were arrested in Richmond, Virginia on Monday while protesting a natural gas pipeline that’s being proposed to run through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Continue reading Ten People Arrested Protesting Atlantic Coast Pipeline