Tag Archives: Mountain Valley Pipeline

Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands

SELC testifies before Congress on the need to consider the local communities impacted by natural gas pipelines on federal lands

By Augusta Free Press

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

Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Groups claim federal agency facilitates fracking for shale gas
ferc face the families
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

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.

The alliance includes: Huntington-based OVEC; the Allegheny Defense Project in Pennsylvania; the FreshWater Accountability Project in Ohio; and, Virginia-based Wild Virginia. Continue reading Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

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

Trail Guardians Worried About Pipelines

Map_MV_ACP_App_ConnectorBy Laura Belleville, Roanoke Times

For the past 90 years, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has served as a guardian of the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Today, we are faced with one of the most challenging threats ever to the integrity of the trail: a series of proposals to build new petroleum pipeline corridors across the trail to transport natural gas. We want to offer additional points for consideration relevant to the article “Landowner rights vs. public need” (Nov. 9 news story). Continue reading Trail Guardians Worried About Pipelines

Preserve Franklin Protests Mountain Vally Pipeline

Pipeline protest
Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters made their opinions known in front of the Franklin County Courthouse.

By Jason Dunovant, Smith Mountain Eagle

Members of the group Preserve Franklin gathered at the Rocky Mount Courthouse steps this past Thursday to protest the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Concerned citizens, mostly Franklin County residents, braved cold temperatures and high winds to hold signs that warned of what they believe are real dangers if the pipeline is constructed.

For Preserve Franklin, the battle to stop the pipeline has been difficult. Residents along the route of the pipeline and even the counties themselves have little say in if the pipeline is constructed. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission itself will give final approval of the project. Continue reading Preserve Franklin Protests Mountain Vally Pipeline

Family Will Fight Pipeline Route: “People Can’t Be Expected to Just Lie Down”

Black bear in Catawba, VA/Photo by Tom VanNortwick, flickr
Black bear in Catawba, VA/Photo by Tom VanNortwick, flickr

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

An acquaintance told Louise Garman to accept the inevitable — that there’s little she can do to stop a buried natural gas pipeline from traveling through her family’s farm in the Catawba Valley if the powers that be ultimately decide that’s the anointed route.

But Garman, 81, said she still has enough fight to object to an alternative route that could bring the 42-inch-diameter interstate pipeline through the property of family members, friends and neighbors.

“People can’t be expected to just lie down,” Garman said Monday. Continue reading Family Will Fight Pipeline Route: “People Can’t Be Expected to Just Lie Down”

Gretna Seeks Local Gas Service from Mountain Valley Pipeline

545d60b376168.imageBy John R. Crane, Danville Register & Bee

A representative for Columbia Gas — which distributes natural gas in Pittsylvania County — said it would have to conduct an economic evaluation before determining whether to extend lines to the town of Gretna.

Gretna is considering whether to try to persuade Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC to re-route its proposed pipeline north — and closer to the town — so it could access its natural gas. Gretna, unlike other towns in Pittsylvania County and the city of Danville, has no natural gas service and Columbia Gas is the only such distributor in the county. Continue reading Gretna Seeks Local Gas Service from Mountain Valley Pipeline