In this update to the Duke Energy/Dominion/Piedmont Natural Gas Pipeline, check out:
- Tri-State Alliance – No 42″ Pipeline Formed
- Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Gets Quick Reactions Across WV
- Pipeline would lead to negative impacts on residential properties as well as water bodies and scenic areas
- Virginia Wilderness Committee Opposes Pipeline – 6 Key Issues
If you missed the other updates, check them out at Duke Energy/Dominion Pipeline – N.C. Public Meetings, VA/WV Local Government and Community Reactions (Sept 13, 2014), Opposition Growing in Virgina Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Sept 12, 2014), Update on Duke Energy/Dominion Fracking Gas Pipeline (Sept 10, 2014) and “Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline” (Sept 7, 2014).
Tri-State Alliance – No 42″ Pipeline Formed
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Tri-State Alliance – No 42″ Pipeline
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Gets Quick Reactions Across WV
Several groups, including West Virginia Wilderness Lovers, Friends of Blackwater and the Greenbrier River Watershed Association voiced opposition to the project, which would run through the Monongahela National Forest and George Washington National Forest.
Lauren Ragland with West Virginia Wilderness Lovers is focused on educating community members in ways Dominion and other gas companies are not, she said. She is concerned with the large 42 inch size of the pipe and the potential health effects it could have on local residents. She’s also concerned with where the pipeline goes — over Cheat Mountain, through national forests and historic places.
“There’s nothing in it for West Virginians,” Ragland said. “Other than [jobs created] during the construction phase and what we will be left with after that in royalties.” The reality of what happens with these pipeline projects, Ragland said, is there is permanent stream damage, additional storm water run-off that can create flooding in new areas and road damages.
In a letter to Sen. Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va., opposing the project, the Friends of Blackwater note the pipeline will cut through mountains at nearly 4,000 feet, the habitats of endangered species such as the Indiana and Virginia big-eared bat, the Cheat Mountain salamander and the West Virginia northern flying squirrel. The Friends of Blackwater letter also points out the project will cross six West Virginia rivers that provide clean drinking water for the region.
Read the full article at: http://www.frackcheckwv.net/2014/09/05/atlantic-coast-pipeline-project-gets-quick-reactions-across-wv/
Pipeline would lead to negative impacts on residential properties as well as water bodies and scenic areas
Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources form joint venture to own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Groups like The Greenbrier River Watershed Association and WV Highlands Conservancy have stated that the pipeline would lead to negative impacts on residential properties as well as water bodies and scenic areas.
The pipeline would cross both the Monongahela National Forest and the George Washington National Forest in areas where there are ongoing trout and red spruce restoration projects. The pipeline would also cross numerous watersheds, rivers, streams, and springs, including the Tygart Valley River, Shavers Fork of the Cheat and West & East Forks of Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier River Watershed Association and WV Highlands Conservancy also noted that Dominion has never constructed a 42” pipeline, and there appears to be no precedent for a pipeline of this size across steep forested terrain like the Alleghenies. It would go straight up and down mountainsides which range from 3,400 to 4,700 feet in West Virginia and from 3,000 feet to 4,200 feet in Virginia.
Dominion Resources plans to make a pre-filing request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this fall on behalf of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC. It expects to file its FERC application in the summer of 2015, receive the FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in the summer of 2016, and begin construction shortly thereafter.
Read the full article at: http://www.alleghenymountainradio.org/dominion-duke-energy-piedmont-natural-gas-and-agl-resources-form-joint-venture-to-own-proposed-atlantic-coast-pipeline/
Virginia Wilderness Committee Opposes Pipeline – 6 Key Issues
VWC opposes construction of the pipeline for the following reasons:
1. Long-term detrimental impacts on plant and animal life, especially on the approximately 200 species already known to be endangered, threatened, rare, or declining in the GWNF, through:
- Large-scale destruction, fragmentation, and degradation of habitat through edge effects reaching into adjoining forest;
- Noise, night lights, and air emissions from compressors and other equipment located at intervals along the pipeline;
- Chronic disturbance due to necessary pipeline monitoring, maintenance of non-woody cover (likely through use of aerial herbicide), and repair of potential leaks and explosions;
- Disturbance of many unsuitable areas such as erosion-prone steep slopes, seeps, and springs;
- Extreme disruption of many pristine and native trout streams, wetlands and riparian areas, though bedrock dynamiting and excavation;
- Consequent erosion, sedimentation and hydrologic alteration affecting headwaters of drinking streams;
- Long open entrance routes for a variety of nonnative, invasive species.
2. Passage through Inventoried Roadless Areas and Special Biological Areas in the GWNF.
3. Passage through “Biodiversity Hot Spots” identified by The Nature Conservancy and through “Outstanding Ecological Cores” identified by the VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation;
4. From the limited and imprecise information Dominion has provided the public, it appears the pipeline directly passes through several special areas identified in VWC’s publication, Virginia’s Mountain Treasures in the GWNF.
5. Significant deterioration of nationally known and highly popular recreational features by passage across the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as the Great Eastern Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and several other well-traveled trails.
6. Increased possibility of hydraulic fracturing and the extreme degradation this would cause.
Outstanding Ecological Cores
More info at: http://www.vawilderness.org/dominion-pipeline.html