Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined the Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) which is working to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), a natural gas pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field in central West Virginia through Virginia to users in southeast Virginia and North Carolina, in addition to being shipped to overseas markets. The 600 mile, 42” diameter pipeline would require excavation of an 8 to 12-foot-deep trench, the bulldozing of a 125-foot-wide construction corridor for its entire length, and new and explanded compressor stations. The route would traverse steep, forested mountain slopes and fragile karst topography, presenting a significant hazard to the Shenandoah and James Rivers and other waterways without providing any benefit to local communities impacted by the pipeline’s construction and operation. We have intervened in its application to FERC and are fighting to get Virginia to reject the 401 water quality certification for the pipeline.
If you live in a community impacted by the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, you can report violations by going to the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative website.
On July 5, 2020, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the cancellation of the highly controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would have cut through Virginia and North Carolina carrying fracked gas from West Virginia. The companies cited continued delays and cost overruns due to several ongoing legal challenges and the expectation that additional legal challenges … Read more
UPDATE — Late last month, the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the most recent permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). This is the latest FWS permit in a line of permits for the ACP that have been struck down by the … Read more
Efforts continue to stop two huge pipelines that will cut through the region: the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. There are several legal challenges pending on both pipelines but construction continues. Waterkeepers Cheseapeake recently filed a request to the State Water Control Board asking them to direct the Virginia Department of Environmental … Read more
Virginia’s State Water Control Board invited the public to submit new comments on two massive natural gas pipelines that will impact Virginia’s waterways. Waterkeepers Chesapeake were among over 13,000 groups and people who submitted comments to the board. In our comments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, we asked for a swift review of … Read more
Can you imagine what our recent torrential thunderstorms are doing to the exposed terrain and rivers and streams along the paths of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)? (See photo on the right of huge mudslide at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Franklin County.) This is yet another example of … Read more
Dec. 4th Public Meeting & Rally on Coal Ash Disposal in Virginia Back in April, Governor McAuliffe put the brakes on issuing coal ash solid waste permits to Dominion for at least a year so the toxic coal ash threats posed at their facilities can be assessed and the full range of disposal solutions explored, … Read more
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rubberstamps Pipelines, Ignoring Strong Evidence of Significant Harm & Lack of Need Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of nineteen independent Waterkeeper and Riverkeeper programs, condemns the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to approve the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipelines (MVP), despite strong evidence of significant harm. The potential water quality … Read more
We need to act fast! The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. This pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field … Read more
The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. Under the new federal administration, this pipeline will be expedited and built as quickly as possible – despite overwhelming local opposition. We need … Read more
Dominion Energy’s Coal Ash Pond Pollution In Virginia, both the James and Potomac Rivers are being severely impacted by coal ash pollution. Earlier this summer, the James River Association (JRA) objected to Dominion Energy’s draft permit to dewater coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Chesterfield Power Station on the Lower James River. Lower James Riverkeeper Jamie … Read more