The new alternative route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, announced this morning by Dominion Transmission, avoids Cheat and Shenandoah Mountains but compounds the ecological harm that would ensue. By directing the pipeline further south in Pocahontas County, WV, into northern Bath County, VA and then north through the Deerfield Valley in Augusta County, the route would traverse some of the most concentrated karst topography in the Allegheny region. A pipeline through this area would significantly increase the likelihood of catastrophic erosion and sediment pollution of several significant waterways. Furthermore, the new route opens up to potential devastation a whole new set of cultural and natural resources. The many newly affected landowners and local officials must be carefully consulted before the project should be allowed to continue with the FERC process.
On behalf of the James River Association, the Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a notice with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Dominion Power that it will appeal the permit issued by DEQ to Dominion last month to allow the discharge of over 350million gallons of coal ash wastewater from the Bremo Power Station into the James River. The James River Association is represented in this action by the Southern Environmental Law Center. This notice of appeal is required prior to filing the actual appeal of the permit with a state court judge in Richmond.
Conservation groups outraged that Dominion dumped over 30 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into creek near Potomac River
In June 2015 Potomac Riverkeeper Network took aerial photographs revealing the unexpected draining of coal ash wastewater from “Pond E” at Dominion’s Possum Point Power Plant. Dominion’s own records indicate that the coal ash wastewater in Pond E was contaminated with cadmium and other toxic metals and had been leaking into groundwater for over three decades without any action by DEQ or Dominion. Therefore, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Potomac Riverkeeper Network raised concerns that the toxic wastewater had been dumped into Quantico Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
EarthDefine, a provider of high-resolution spatial data products, has mapped trees in New Jersey and Virginia in unprecedented detail. The new 1 meter resolution New Jersey and Virginia SpatialCover Tree Canopy datasets provide the most accurate and spatially explicit data source on tree cover in these states.
Groups Applaud U.S. Forest Service Decision to Reject Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route through National Forests
The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance issues the following statement in response to the U.S. Forest Service’s January 19, 2016, letter rejecting the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:
The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) strongly supports the decision of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to reject the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests and protect the sensitive resources and endangered species found on Cheat Mountain, Back Allegheny Mountain, and Shenandoah Mountain.