Atlantic Coast Pipeline
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Together with partners throughout the region, Shenandoah Valley Network aims to prevent Dominion’s unnecessary and damaging Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from degrading the irreplaceable natural resources, working family farms and forest land, rivers and streams and drinking water supplies of communities in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
One of four massive natural gas pipeline projects currently proposed to cross the region, the ACP is the first to have formerly applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), having filed on September 18, 2015. If built, the 42-inch high-pressure, interstate ACP would be the largest pipeline of its kind to cross Virginia, and the first pipeline of this scale to be constructed across steep, forested mountain landscape with sensitive, high-quality streams and rivers.
The unnecessary and damaging pipeline would be nearly 600-miles long, starting in Marcellus Shale gas drilling region of West Virginia and crossing 20-miles of national forest lands, Highland, Bath, Augusta and Nelson Counties of western Virginia, continuing to North Carolina, the Tidewater area of Virginia and possible export terminals. It threatens local agriculture and tourism-based economies along the route, while bringing no benefit to our area.
SVN directly supports the grassroots opposition efforts of partner group Augusta County Alliance, the coordination efforts of the 50-member Alleghany Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA ), and the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition.
FERC, the US Forest Service, Virginia DEQ and other state and federal agencies must approve Dominion’s proposal before construction can begin.
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The Augusta County Alliance is dedicated to preserving our rural landscape and economy, our clean air and water, and our abundant wildlife habitat and historic resources. Residents and friends of Augusta County are welcome to join our efforts.
The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) is an organization of citizen volunteers, conservation groups, and environmental scientists convened in response to Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline across the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and the adjacent mountains and valleys. DPMC is producing a line of interactive story maps – see the latest below.
- Drilling Through the Blue Ridge for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A High-Risk Proposal
- Atlantic Coast Pipeline Monitoring
- Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A Question of Need
- ACP and Our National Forest
- Ground Truth about ACP Access Roads
- Forest Fragmentation and the ACP
- Dominion’s Pipeline Threatens Protected Private Land
- Unique Shale Barrens Threatened by the ACP
51 groups unite in opposition to Dominion’s unnecessary, destructive gas pipeline. Read the latest from Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance:
- Pipeline Update 2/16/2017
- Pipeline Update 2/10/2017
- Pipeline Update 2/3/2017
- Pipeline Update 1/26/2017
- Pipeline Update Archive