Federal Agency Reps & Officials: Tell FERC to do a PEIS for Virginia Pipelines

391 Signatures Goal: 1,000

To: Federal Agency Representatives
Department of Energy - Rickey R. Hass, Acting Inspector General
Environmental Protection Agency- Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator
United States Forest Service – H. Thomas Speaks, Jr., Forest Supervisor
Bureau of Land Management – Dean S. Gettinger, District Manager

To: Elected Federal Officials
U.S. Senators: Tim Kaine and Mark Warner
U.S. Representatives: Robert Hurt, Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Bob Goodlatte, Rob Wittman, Scott Rigell, Robert Scott, Dave Brat, Don Beyer, Barbara Comstock, Gerry Connolly

CC: FERC Secretary Bose and Commissioner Bay

Dear Federal Agency Representative or Elected Official:

In the past year, developers have proposed four large-diameter, high-pressure natural gas transmission lines through the steep slopes and large un-fragmented National Forests of the central Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia. The construction and long term economic, health, and safety impacts of these projects on residents and the millions of Virginians that rely on the mountains’ headwaters and recreational opportunities are likely to be considerable. Given the scale, regional proximity, and similar purpose of the four proposed pipeline projects, the only way to accurately assess the impacts and alternatives—and the fundamental need for so many, is to evaluate them together.

We are asking for your help now to ensure a thorough regulatory process that will protect Virginians from needless harm.

Please urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to conduct a single, comprehensive regional review of all four interstate natural gas pipeline projects currently proposed for the central Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia and West Virginia—the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Appalachian Connector Pipeline, and the WB Express Project.

This Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) must comprehensively evaluate the need for these four pipelines; assess the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of overall pipeline development in this region; and fully consider all reasonable, less-damaging alternatives in a single document.

Separate analyses of these pipelines is analogous to a transportation “planning” process that allowed private turnpike companies to build large highways through our region with no entrance or exit ramps and no overall sense of which highways are most needed—with private companies taking property from local residents and businesses and reaping all the profit.

This common sense reality is recognized by the National Environmental Policy Act and affirmed by the courts: FERC must evaluate the impacts of related projects with cumulative impacts proposed or reasonably foreseeable in the same geographic region in a single comprehensive EIS. Please minimize the damage these pipelines would cause to the rural heritage, environment, property rights, and property values of Virginians by insisting that FERC follow the law and conduct a PEIS.

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  • Roberta Koontz
    Roberta Koontz United States, Deerfield
    Apr 04, 2016
    Apr 04, 2016
    Please help save Virginia and Bath County from pipelines!
  • Heidi Dhivya Berthoud
    Heidi Dhivya Berthoud United States, Buckingham
    Mar 27, 2016
    Mar 27, 2016
    The 4 pipelines proposed for Virginia - Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), Appalachian Connector, and expansion of the Columbia Gas line, would release 209 million tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere per year - more than 4 times the total emissions from all large point sources in Virginia listed in EPA's 2014 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

    The Virginia Chapter's report recommends the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) consider the impact of those emissions in relation the the US commitments to meet the UN-FCCC Paris Accord and carry out a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on all projects proposed in this region of the US.
    The Sierra Club i trust. Dominion i do not. Please request a PEIS. Thank you.
  • Barbara Strauss
    Barbara Strauss United States, Afton
    Jan 17, 2016
    Jan 17, 2016
    It makes sense environmentally and, I would think, economically to co-locate a single gas line with other utility rights of way and interstates. We do not need 4 separate systems.!
  • Susan McSwain
    Susan McSwain United States, Mechanicsburg
    Nov 23, 2015
    Nov 23, 2015
    We certainly would not build 4 new parallel interstates. Think of all the land that would be destroyed. Ditto with the pipelines!
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