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  • Groups Sue to Stop NEXUS Fracked Gas Pipeline

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad), on behalf of the Sierra Club, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow construction of the fracked gas NEXUS pipeline. They also notified FERC they intend to seek emergency relief preventing the pipeline’s construction while FERC reviews the group’s earlier request for » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Groups Challenge Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sierra Club and allied conservation groups yesterday requested a rehearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Yesterday’s filings are a necessary step before filing suit in federal court. The groups are asking FERC to withdraw the pipelines’ existing flawed permits and prepare a full and complete environmental » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Groups Take Legal Action Against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    Washington, D.C. – A coalition of affected landowners and conservation groups today filed a request for rehearing urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a massive interstate gas pipeline that would transport fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina. Mounting evidence shows that the pipeline is not needed to » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Appeals Court Grants Temporary Stay on Fracked Gas Pipeline

    Washington, DC — Today, the D.C. Circuit of Appeals granted a temporary stay on construction of the fracked gas Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Williams, the company behind the project, had sought to rush construction of the pipeline before petitioner’s’ case was reviewed.

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  • Dereliction of Duty: WVDEP Abandons Water Quality Review of Fracked Gas Pipeline

    CHARLESTON, WV — Today, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) waived its opportunity to review the water quality impacts of the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline. Under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, states must certify that proposed pipelines will not violate state water quality standards before construction can begin. DEP has the responsibility to determine whether or » Continue Reading. Continue reading
  • Letter: Virginia cannot approve proposed natural gas pipelines lacking critical information about impacts on state waters

    Conservationists concerned about the two highly controversial natural gas pipelines proposed to cut hundreds of miles through Virginia sent a detailed letter to the State Water Control Board today laying out why the projects cannot be approved at this time due to a host of concerns about their impacts on waters of the Commonwealth.

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  • Conservation Groups Argue Conflict of Interest in Fracked Gas Pipeline

    RICHMOND, VA — Today, attorneys for the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad) filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court to ensure that a deal for fracked gas shipping capacity is reviewed for conflicts of interest. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) presents a major conflict of interest because the companies that own the pipeline, including Dominion Energy, also » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Conservation Groups Act to Oppose Rappahannock Electric Co-op’s Proposed Rate Increase

    Environmental Group Claims Utility’s Plan is Unjust For Low-Income Customers

     

    RICHMOND, Virginia– Yesterday, the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission granted Sierra Club’s Motion to Participate as a Respondent in the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) general rate case. The Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter opposes REC’s proposed rate restructuring that would drastically increase low-usage customers’ bills. REC is one » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Dangerous NEXUS Fracked Gas Pipeline Unnecessary

    New Challenge Argues FERC Should Reevaluate Fracked Gas Pipe

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad), on behalf of the Sierra Club, filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for a new and comprehensive examination of whether the NEXUS fracked gas pipeline is necessary. FERC is charged with determining whether or not a » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Think Progress: West Virginia files to revoke permits for a massive natural gas pipeline

    Great piece on the specific legal problems with the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s now-revoked water permit: “Amazingly, neither DEP nor MVP bothered to calculate how much sediment the affected streams could tolerate or how much the pipeline would add to them,” Appalachian Mountain Advocates’ attorney Derek Teaney said. “DEP never did that analysis the first time around. It didn’t even have the » Continue Reading. Continue reading

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