Include in this update:
- “Dominion pipeline would have devastating consequences” from Shenandoah Group, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Sierra Club Virgina Chapter reaction to the announcement
- Information that the WV Sierra Club Chapter has provided to their members
- Information from Dominion website (to be taken with a couple grains of salt), including sate and county pipeline maps
Below are some reactions from the Virgina and West Virgina Sierra Club Chapters about the proposed Duke Energy/Dominion Pipeline.
You should also check out the public information about the pipeline from the Dominion website (see below).
If you missed our first post and/or want more information see “Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline”
Dominion pipeline would have devastating consequences
June 9, 2014
Although Dominion Virginia Power has kept details about the “Southeast Reliability Project,” a natural gas pipeline that would cross Highland and Augusta counties en route to North Carolina, vague, it is clear the construction and maintenance of such large-scale pipeline would have devastating consequences.
Among the many reasons the Sierra Club in Virginia opposes the project are:
The pipeline will cross nearly 50 miles of hardwood forests of the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests, threatening wildlife, water quality, and recreation. If the pipeline is built, gas producers will argue that drilling wells in the GWNF makes sense given the proximity of a pipeline. New wells and fracking will endanger the unique qualities of this magnificent Appalachian forest and further threaten clean water resources in the mid-Atlantic region.
The pipeline would cross and blight the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, two of Virginia’s great natural attractions. It will cross a portion of the McDowell Battlefield and other historically significant sites in the Commonwealth.
The pipeline would not be totally underground. There would be cuts and disturbance of the natural environment. Warning signs, valves, crossings, service roads, and compressor stations would scar the landscape.
In Highland and Augusta counties, the pipeline would cross dozens of streams and rivers including the Bullpasture, the Cowpasture, and the headwaters of the Middle and South rivers. In Virginia, the trunkline and laterals would cross an astonishing 448 waterways. Every cut promises increased erosion, sediment and potential pollution.
Our farmlands, forests, and conservation easements will be marked forever. Passing through the karst limestone of western Virginia, the pipeline may fall victim to sink holes or natural caves that could cause leaks or a catastrophic failure.
More reliance on natural gas will increase greenhouse gas pollution from Virginia power plants. It appears Dominion expects to export much of this gas thereby increasing greenhouse gas emissions abroad.
We are adamantly opposed to Dominion’s proposed pipeline because it threatens our environment, the region’s natural and cultural history, and our way of life that cannot be mitigated by slight changes to the route.
The writer is pipeline issues chair of Shenandoah Group, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club Virgina Chapter reaction to the announcement
Glen Besa, Virginia director of the Sierra Club: “It is most disheartening that the very first major energy announcement coming from the McAuliffe administration is in support of Dominion’s natural gas pipeline to facilitate expanded fracking. There are far more opportunities to create jobs and address climate change in Virginia through investments in energy efficiency, solar power and offshore wind.”
The Sierra Club warned the pipeline could open the door to fracking: “It is most disheartening that the very first major energy announcement coming from the McAuliffe Administration is in support of Dominion’s natural gas pipeline to facilitate expanded fracking,” said Glen Besa, Virginia Director of the Sierra Club.
Information that the WV Sierra Club Chapter has provided to their members
Additional information from Dominion website (to be taken with a couple grains of salt):
Dominion has notified landowners along a 400-foot wide study corridor. Preliminary survey work and route planning have been under way since May and could be completed by year-end.
Dominion is progressing toward a final recommended route, thanks to the nearly 70 percent of affected landowners who have given us permission to survey.
Crews are surveying and obtaining information from affected landowners along the way to determine the best route with least impacts to the environment, historic and cultural resources.
View proposed route maps below:
North Carolina Counties
Outreach and Schedule
Dominion began meetings in early August and has additional meetings with county boards of commissioners and supervisors of the affected counties in all three states to provide a project update.
Open houses along the route are scheduled for the weeks of Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 to provide government officials, landowners and the general public opportunities to view the latest maps, talk with Dominion representatives and ask questions. (> View a list of open houses.)
Additional open houses and other meetings will be held throughout the process, allowing all parties the chance to better understand the project.
Resources and FAQs
- ACP Fact Sheet
- Public Participation Opportunities in FERC Process
- General questions and answers
- Operational questions and answers
- Landowner questions and answers
- FERC brochure (addresses their procedures, landowner rights, location decisions, and safety and environmental issues)
- INGAA Commitment to Landowners