An official at a government agency responsible for permitting gas infrastructure took a potshot at protesters who were disrupting a public meeting on January 21. As Commissioner Tony Clark announced that he was leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when his term expires, he sniped at what he seemed to think was the demonstrators’ ingratitude for a primary service FERC performs: greasing the wheels for gas companies to build pipelines, storage facilities and compressor stations to fuel the electrical grid.
A group of residents from Nelson County traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in a nonviolent action at FERC headquarters that was organized by the group Beyond Extreme Energy. They joined citizens from all over the country who have been the victims of communicide at the hands of the fossil fuel industry and FERC.
FERC has the power to give away to Dominion our property rights, health, and safety, just as they have done to many around the country through their rubber stamping of infrastructure projects and failure to adequately assess public benefits and alternatives. In Nelson County and beyond, our direct experience of this treatment includes FERC’s unwillingness to hear from the majority of residents who wanted to speak at public meetings (which were stacked to hear pro-pipeline puppets), and their refusal, despite public and federal officials’ outcry, to grant additional meetings. Furthermore, last Thursday, FERC released the transcript of Nelson County’s March 18th scoping period meeting, and it is so full of errors that it is incomprehensible. They also allowed Dominion to “respond” to scoping comments within two weeks—a deadline that obviously renders Dominion’s review nearly meaningless. FERC’s negligence shows their regard for our property, health, and safety.Continue reading Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC→
Southern Environmental Law Center Senior Attorney Greg Buppert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday on the failure of the proposed National Energy Security Corridors Act to account for the significant impacts that natural gas pipelines crossing federal lands would have on the surrounding local communities and private property. The proposed legislation would allow pipelines to be sited through federal lands without providing the general public an opportunity to weigh in. Continue reading Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands→
College students from across Virginia are teaming up to start their own protest to Dominion Resources’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The students will participate in a 10-day resistance ride along the proposed route for the natural gas pipeline. The 30 riders are part of a group called the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition.
A forum on climate change held last Wednesday in Richmond was supposed to be about moving to clean energy, but it sometimes seemed to be more of a platform for Governor Terry McAuliffe to tout plans for more natural gas and nuclear energy in the Commonwealth. It wasn’t that he neglected energy efficiency, wind and solar—he had plenty of good things to say about these, and even a few initiatives to boast of. It was just that they paled against the backdrop of massive new natural gas and nuclear projects, to which he seems even more firmly committed.
If nothing else, a ruling Tuesday by a judge in Suffolk Circuit Court delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s campaign to gain access to about 50 acres of private property in the city without the owner’s permission to survey for a possible route for a portion of the interstate natural gas pipeline.
Judge Carl Eason found that Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s notice to Davis Boulevard LLC, a residential developer, of the pipeline company’s intent to survey the property without permission was flawed because the notification came from Dominion Transmission Inc. — one of the partners for the proposed pipeline — and not Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said the ruling is largely a technical matter and will not impact the project schedule. New letters will be sent from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he said.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental Impact Study scoping meeting was held Wednesday night in Nelson before a standing-room-only crowd in the 600-seat auditorium at Nelson County High School. FERC had “invited” several state police officers to maintain order. We welcomed them and told them we promised to behave. Continue reading Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County→
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.