Waterkeepers Chesapeake is involved in efforts to stop the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania. This pipeline is 183.7 miles of new 30- and 42-inch diameter greenfield natural gas pipeline, with additional loops, plus new and expanded compressor stations. It threatens the Susquehanna River and several other waterways. This pipeline will bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the Cove Point LNG export facility on the Chesapeake Bay. We joined in a challenge of the application as it falls short of the Clean Water Act protections. In 2016, Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined with the Sierra Club and several other groups to file an appeal challenging Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) issuance of its 401 Water Quality Certificate for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. Waterkeepers Chesapeake has been actively challenging other permits for this pipeline as well.
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
In late August, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a Southeastern natural gas pipeline under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Court found that FERC failed to quantify the climate impacts that would result from burning the natural gas that the … Read more
Federal agency stifling public participation by withholding information A coalition of 17 conservation groups is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to revise or supplement its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The groups note that FERC has continued a pattern of failing to disclose key information to … 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