Dominion has just submitted a new map showing up to 9 ACP alternatives, most of which have not been seen by the public before. Dominion has not yet provided detailed maps for these new alternatives, but some of them pass dangerously close to or directly through special natural areas on our public lands and threaten the tremendous biodiversity found in these special places.
See FERC's complete notice which includes Dominion's maps.
Don't miss this critical opportunity to voice your personal concerns about the pipeline, either in writing or verbally. Include the docket number for the ACP Project: PF15-6. Be sure to express your concerns about environmental impacts, and ask for a 60-day extension. The public needs more time to study and evaluate the new alternatives.
Deadline for all comments: April 28, 2015:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 204226
Go to www.ferc.gov, under Documents and Filing. Use eComment feature if you have a simple text message or eRegister to send attachments, such as Word, pdf, and images.
Speak up in person
Public meetings in Virginia:
March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Chesapeake
March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Dinwiddie
March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Farmville
March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Lovingston
March 19 at 7:00 p.m. Stuarts Draft High School, 1028 Augusta Farms Rd., Stuarts Draft.
See a complete list of public meetings and specific locations.
Here are some possible points relating to environmental concerns on public lands. Now that there are multiple alternatives, the concerns are multiplied. We will list a few. The pipeline would:
- Pass over Shenandoah Mountain through mature forest habitat for Cow Knob Salamander (learn more) and many other species,
- Pass through the corner of the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area, through the Braley Pond area, and over Hankey Mountain.
- Pass through the Maple Flats area with special sinkhole ponds that support rare communities of life;
- Pass by the popular and scenic Sherando Recreation Area
- Cross the Blue Ridge near Humpback Rocks, one of the most scenic and popular overlooks in Virginia.
- Permanently fragment our national forest and create a path for invasive species.
- Threaten trout streams and public drinking water sources, many of which flow from public lands.
- Threaten recreational resources that are a source of enjoyment and renewal for people across the entire region.
- Turn the scenic Rt. 250 corridor west of Staunton into an industrial landscape.
- Threaten the recreational opportunities and scenic beauty that support our tourism-based economy.
Make your comments as specific as possible and base them on your own experiences and appreciation of public lands along the pipeline route. Ask that Dominion consider co-locating the ACP with existing gas pipelines rather than putting it in a totally new location with huge unacceptable impacts.