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Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

atlanticsun-map-01By Mark Gilger, Jr., citizenstandard.com

The Williams Companies Inc. has submitted its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application for its proposed pipeline in Pennsylvania with about half of the route being changed from the original plans, a company representative said.

An energy company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Williams Companies Inc. wants to expand its Transco pipeline to connect the natural gas fields in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017.

Dubbed the “Atlantic Sunrise Project,” the proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline would add about 180 miles of new 42-inch, high-pressure pipeline to reach Susquehanna County, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day that can serve about 7 million homes. The section of the new lines called the Central Penn Line South would run from Lancaster County to Susquehanna County and include about 18 miles of pipeline through five townships in the western part of Schuylkill County, entering from East Cameron Township, Northumberland County, and running underground through Eldred, Hegins, Frailey, Tremont and Pine Grove townships in Schuylkill County, to Union Township, Lancaster County, through Swatara State Park. Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

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

UVA Students Join ‘Resistance Ride’ Against Proposed Pipeline

Photo by WVIR
Photo by WVIR


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.

They’re joining the movement against the energy company’s project, and hope to raise awareness in the communities the pipeline could affect. Continue reading UVA Students Join ‘Resistance Ride’ Against Proposed Pipeline

Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns

Welders work on a gas pipeline in Virginia.
Welders work on a gas pipeline in Virginia/Photo by Matthew Thorn, Flickr

By Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress

Construction on a natural gas pipeline set to run through Maryland has been halted after a judge found that the state hadn’t done enough to protect the environment and hadn’t given residents enough of a chance to weigh in on the project.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Justin J. King ruled last week that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) must go back and revise the permit it issued for the 21-mile pipeline, which is being constructed by Columbia Pipeline Group and is slated to run through Baltimore and Harford counties. According to the judge’s ruling, the permit’s water safety requirements were too general, “rendering it impossible for this court to determine whether the permit complies with state and federal water quality regulations.” Continue reading Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns

Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By The Recorder

“Unprecedented opposition.”

That, according to Cheryl LaFleur, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is what faces the nation’s natural gas pipeline development.

As widely reported, LaFleur made comments at a National Press Club event in Washington in January. She talked about the volume of those opposed to building more pipelines, and how these folks are overwhelming her office and staff. Continue reading Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent at FERC scoping meeting on M<arch 18, 2015/Photo via Friends of Nelson
A Buckingham resident objects to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline encroaching on local property/Photo via Friends of Nelson

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

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.

Even though the ruling focuses on a single case in Suffolk, a lawyer from the Norfolk firm of Waldo and Lyle who represented Davis Boulevard LLC and its managing partner believes Eason’s decision could have broader implications and consequences for the project. Continue reading Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

By pontoon, Blue Virginia

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

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

No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

One possible alternate route would now turn south halfway between Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst, running down past Wintergreen Resort.

By Calvin Trice, News Leader

WINTERGREEN – Wintergreen Resort officials are withholding public judgment on the route being studied for a natural gas pipeline that would take construction near their attractions.

The recreation company has no comment this early in the planning stages for the alternative study corridor Dominion has mapped as part of its planned, 550-mile transmission line, said Betsy Dunkerton, Wintergreen spokeswoman. Continue reading No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”

By Martin Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND — A new economic study says the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will generate $377 million in annual energy savings — $243 million in Virginia alone — by expanding the availability of natural gas and driving down the price for utilities and commercial and residential consumers.

The study by ICF International, based in Fairfax and Houston, says those savings will stimulate business growth and consumer spending that will create jobs, raise labor income and expand the economies of Virginia and North Carolina. Continue reading Dominion’s Pipeline Study a “Public Relations Document”