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

Mountain Valley Pipeline: Monroe Board of Health Voices Opposition

By Tina Alvey, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BECKLEY — Add the collective voice of the Monroe County Board of Health to the roster of opponents lining up against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The MVP, which is in the permitting process right now, will stretch from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia when completed, with a path that includes portions of Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. The controversial 42-inch diameter pipeline will transport liquefied natural gas.

In a lengthy open letter, Dr. J. Travis Hansbarger, Monroe County health officer, writes on behalf of the five members of the Board of Health, “The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline poses a significant and substantial risk for the health and welfare of Monroe County residents. The pipeline is designed to pass close to a public school and a long term care center, risking the welfare of some of our most vulnerable residents. Most importantly, our pristine water supplies will be in constant danger of contamination from runoff and turbidity. Continue reading Mountain Valley Pipeline: Monroe Board of Health Voices Opposition

State Lawmaker’s Property May Be on Mountain Valley Pipeline Route

By Alicia Petska, Lynchburg News Advance

One of the biggest backers of the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment narrowing eminent domain may have to cede a piece of his family land to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project out in southwest Virginia.

Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, said in committee Monday he had to abstain from a pipeline-related vote because his family farmland in Montgomery County may be on the route of the 300-mile interstate pipeline proposed by EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy.

The bill heard Monday sought to prevent interstate pipeline companies from doing surveying and other preliminary work on private property without the owner’s consent.

Current Virginia law allows the companies to proceed over an owner’s objections provided certain steps and notice requirements are followed. Continue reading State Lawmaker’s Property May Be on Mountain Valley Pipeline Route

Protests Around the South Target Fossil Fuels

richmond_county_fossil_fuel_protestBy Sue Sturgis, Institute for Southern Studies

Residents of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia gathered this week outside a country store, rural county courthouses, a Baptist church and a school library to protest the fossil-fuel industry’s harm to local communities.

Photo: Residents of Richmond County, North Carolina rallied this week to draw attention to toxic pollution from a Duke Energy gas-fired power plant. The protest was one of several that took place on Feb. 12 in that state and neighboring Virginia and Georgia calling attention to the harm done by fossil fuels. (Photo by BREDL.)

With the theme “Safeguard America’s Resources,” the Feb. 12 events included a march in Virginia to draw attention to the effects of natural gas pipelines on mountain communities; a prayer vigil and rallies in North Carolina against fracking, power plant pollution and coal ash dumping; and a student protest at Valdosta State University opposing a local pipeline project and calling on the University System of Georgia school to divest from fossil fuels. Continue reading Protests Around the South Target Fossil Fuels