• Atlantic Coast Pipeline Re-route Threatens New Parts of Virginia and WV

    Dominion Energy announced plans today to re-route the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Bath and Augusta counties in Virginia and Pocahontas County in West Virginia. The new route comes in response to the United State Forest Service’s decision in January to reject the old route due to the harm it would cause natural resources on the public lands. (See » Continue Reading.

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  • Defending Fayette County’s Ban on Fracking Waste Injections

    We’re helping Fayette County, West Virginia’s top whitewater destination, defend itself against the potentially hazardous byproducts from fracking.

    Just last month, the County passed a ban on the disposal, storage or use of oil and gas waste within its borders. The ban would prevent injection of fracking wastes county-wide, keeping the waste from leaching into the County’s water. Despite » Continue Reading.

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  • Groups in Two States Challenge WB XPress

    On behalf of conservation groups in Virginia and West Virginia, Appalachian Mountain Advocates today filed a formal protest and motion to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting process for the WB XPress, an $850 million natural gas infrastructure proposal from Columbia Gas Transmission.

    The project consists of two new compressor stations, 26 miles of pipeline replacement, and » Continue Reading.

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    Forest Service Denies Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route

    Roanoke, VA — Today the United States Forest Service formally denied the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) application for a Special Use Permit. This denial is likely to seriously delay the project. The ACP must provide a new route or system alternatives before it can proceed.

    As planned, the ACP would run over 550 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and North » Continue Reading.

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  • EPA Ignores WV’s Failure to Regulate Conductivity Pollution

    Philadelphia, PA — Appalmad attorneys were disappointed to learn last week that the EPA will allow West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection to continue issuing discharge permits that violate the Clean Water Act. After more than six years, EPA finally responded to Appalmad’s 2009 petition requesting the agency resume authority over the state’s inadequate water pollution permitting program. EPA’s response came only after Appalmad sued the agency for its unreasonable delay in addressing our petition after we waited more than five years for a reply.

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  • DEP Pushes an Inadequate Water Quality Standard that would Endanger WV Fishing

    For Immediate Release August 26, 2015

    Contact Ben Luckett, Staff Attorney, Appalachian Mountain Advocates 304.382.4798 bluckett@appalmad.org

    DEP Pushes an Inadequate Water Quality Standard that would Endanger WV Fishing

    CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) presented proposed changes to water quality standards at the Water Quality Standards Program quarterly meeting on Tuesday. Despite objections from the » Continue Reading.

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