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  • Climate Advocates Denounce McAuliffe Decision on Dominion Gas Pipeline | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    build a pipeline to carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia across central Virginia to North Carolina Once called the Reliability Project the new 550 mile 5 billion proposal is now the joint venture Atlantic Coast pipeline Mike Tidwell executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement in response Today Governor McAuliffe has made a huge mistake that harms the environment Barely two months after re launching the state s climate change commission the governor has regretfully embraced a Dominion gas pipeline project that threatens to contribute significantly to the climate crisis Tom Farrell s 550 mile 5 billion pipeline system would incentivize more fracking across the region and contribute to emissions of methane a powerful heat trapping gas which according to growing scientific data could disrupt the climate on par with coal In supporting this project Governor McAuliffe is now complicit with Tom Farrell in locking Virginia into a multi billion dollar investment in more fossil fuels at a moment when scientists say we must be investing in truly carbon free wind solar and energy efficiency technologies We ve come to expect this type of move from Dominion the state s top climate polluter and a company that has continually held Virginia back from serious commitments to clean energy But we re downright disappointed to see this from Governor McAuliffe In making his announcement Governor McAuliffe failed to mention the scientific data showing that methane which leaks from fracking wells and pipelines is as much as 87 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in heating the atmosphere over a 20 year period The governor is lining up on the wrong side of farmers and landowners who live along Dominion s proposed pipeline route and who see this project as a direct threat to their safety

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/climate-advocates-denounce-mcauliffe-decision-on-dominion-gas-pipeline/ (2016-05-02)
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  • 5,000+ Messages Delivered to Gov. McAuliffe! What’s next in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    his unequivocal support CCAN spoke out in opposition immediately urging the governor to withdraw his support More recently Governor McAuliffe has dismissed or downplayed the project s serious threats to public safety to private property rights and to natural resources that sustain local economies On Tuesday CCAN and our allies responded delivering over 5 000 petitions to the Governor s Richmond office demanding that he rescind his support for Dominion s dirty and dangerous project What s next The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee FERC is accepting public comments on the scope of it s upcoming Environmental Impact Statement on Dominion s proposed pipeline project The deadline for submitting comments is April 28th Submit your comment here In supporting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Governor McAuliffe failed to mention the scientific data showing that methane which leaks from fracking wells and pipelines is as much as 87 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in heating the atmosphere over a 20 year period Nor did he acknowledge the fact that this proposed pipeline would inevitably drive demand for new fracking in our region On Tuesday CCAN along with allies living along the proposed route of the pipeline told Governor McAuliffe No New Pipelines We showed up in front of the Governor s downtown Richmond office with boxes of petitions and a 40 foot inflatable pipeline We invited reporters to listen to moving statements from Nancy Sorrells of the Augusta County Alliance Joanna Salidis of Friends of Nelson County and Heather Nolen of Friends of Buckingham County and others Read what the media said about our event http www nbc29 com story 28740768 proposed natural gas pipeline opponents protest in richmond http www newsleader com story news local 2015 04 07 opponents atlantic coast pipeline press mcauliffe 25402119 After the press conference we met

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/5000-messages-delivered-to-gov-mcauliffe-whats-next-in-the-fight-against-the-atlantic-coast-pipeline/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Opposition Mounts to New Fracked Gas Pipelines in Virginia | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    bringing pipeline safety issues front in center in the national political conversation about energy At the beginning of April CCAN and anti pipeline coalition partners delivered over 5 000 messages to Governor McAuliffe s office urging him to rescind his support for the project Virginians across the state are coming together and the message is clear no new fracked gas pipelines Take action now by submitting a public comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC in opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline here We have until April 28th to weigh in with FERC on the proposed scope of its environmental review of the project and demand that the agency consider all of the possible impacts to our communities and climate In the battle against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents are calling for an extension to this April 28th deadline Groups in Nelson Augusta and Buckingham Counties along with thousands of concerned citizens and U S Senators Mark Warner D VA and Tim Kaine D VA have submitted requests to allow more time for the comment period and to hold further meetings in communities that will be impacted by the project The senators joint letter to new FERC chairman Norman Bay highlighted the frustration Virginians have faced so far during the scoping process As discussed our offices received multiple accounts of discrepancies between these meetings announced start times and the times at which people could sign up to speak Some constituents commuted significant distances after full days of work arrived to discover that speaking slots had been claimed hours earlier Communities in the path of these projects will not be silenced and CCAN will continue to work with coalition partners to organize against them The next step you can take to get involved is to attend a FERC scoping meeting

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/opposition-mounts-to-new-fracked-gas-pipelines-in-virginia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Clean Energy vs. Dominion’s Pipeline: What do we get for $5 billion? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    jobs annually 6 By contrast the Dominion commissioned Chmura analytical economy report predicted that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would support 118 permanent jobs annually And we have no guarantees about how much actual energy Virginians would get from the pipeline The project would have a spur into Hampton Roads and potentially to other proposed Dominion gas plants but the pipeline s ultimate destination is North Carolina What else do we get for Dominion s 5 billion investment in natural gas We d get a 75 foot wide permanent scar through family farms and the heart of the East Coast s remaining wild landscape including the George Washington National Forest and the Appalachian Trail We d get significant safety risks like the pipeline blowout in Appomattox Virginia in 2008 that reportedly created a 1 000 foot high fireball injured five residents and damaged 95 homes We d get emissions of methane leaked from the pipeline and from the process of hydraulic fracturing or fracking used to extract the gas A growing number of studies show that reliance on fracked gas disrupts the climate on par with coal So we d also get more climate impacts wreaking havoc on our families Investing that 5 billion in solar or wind power in Virginia would reduce carbon emissions 7 at a rate equal to taking over 600 000 or nearly 750 000 cars off the road 8 respectively With rising seas already stranding Norfolk residents at high tide freak flash floods damaging businesses in Roanoke and weather extremes stressing our food supply everywhere Virginia needs energy investments that will help stabilize not further disrupt our climate The comparison we re making is not an abstract one Buckingham County is at the center of this debate over Virginia s energy future The company Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC has purchased land to build a 41 000 horsepower compressor station a facility that keeps the gas pressurized as it travels in Buckingham County Meanwhile Virginia Solar LLC is applying for a permit to build a 20 megawatt solar energy facility just a few miles away Scientific studies link air pollution from compressor stations to numerous negative health conditions Add on groundwater contamination unsafe noise levels wildlife habitat loss lowered property values and risk of on site accidents and the choice for Buckingham County residents is clear The choice should be clear for all of us The clean energy alternative truly beats gas when you take the long view which is part of FERC s job Wind and solar are mature technologies that are getting cheaper every day In fact utility scale solar is now beating natural gas on price alone in many areas of the country In applying for their permit Virginia Solar noted that solar generated electricity is rapidly becoming competitive with other forms of energy When it comes down to it Dominion s Atlantic Coast Pipeline is far from a necessary or prudent way to meet our energy needs FERC must factor in the readily

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/clean-energy-vs-dominions-pipeline-what-do-we-get-for-5-billion/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Hands Across Our Land Takes Richmond. Calls on Governor McAuliffe to Do His Job | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to withdraw his support of these disastrous pipelines Two of the inspiring people that came out Tuesday were Will Barr and his mother in law Lisa Tulley who are currently being sued by Dominion for denying the company approval to survey their land Surveying seems like such a small act but in reality it consists of a myriad of inspectors large crews on the property and digging for about a week s time For me in addition to the environmental effects it s about property law It destroys the community it s dangerous and I can t control what s happening to my own property something I m supposed to be able to protect Barr and his wife own eight mountainside acres in Nelson County s Horizon EcoVillage The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will cut across their property along with eleven other lots in the village and 40 acres of public land According to Barr spreading across these lots is a wetland that hosts a rare tree breed as well as an endangered species that Dominion s environmental representatives plan on trapping Barr s mother in law is particularly concerned about water It s going to intersect five aquifers that serve our well system My biggest concern is the quality of our drinking water What happens if there s a leak Today s event was one of 15 Hands Across Our Land events across Virginia including one in nearly every county threatened by these proposed projects and one of 30 nationwide This coordinated day of action was conceived by organizers at the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and supported by dozens of Virginia groups The Richmond event was coordinated by BREDL CCAN Virginia Sierra Club and the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition in their first major action of the new school year

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/hands-across-our-land-takes-richmond-city-calls-on-governor-mcauliffe-to-do-his-job/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Feds Must Assess Climate Harm of Dominion Pipeline, Along With Clean Energy Alternatives | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    account for the many dangers the pipeline poses to public health and safety the environment and the climate as well as readily available alternatives to a pipeline such as solar wind and energy efficiency Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement Dominion s pipeline threatens to unleash a huge new pulse of greenhouse gas pollution To do its job FERC must assess the pipeline s cumulative impact on the climate including leaks of heat trapping methane and other greenhouse gases from fracking wells compressor stations and all 564 miles of pipeline Numerous studies show fracked gas disrupts the climate on par with coal That s because methane is 86 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period It s frankly sad that Dominion and Governor Terry McAuliffe continue to trumpet this project as clean when it s for a volatile planet heating fossil fuel Thankfully Virginia has plenty of clean energy alternatives to building a 564 mile pipeline and FERC is legally obliged to consider them For instance if Dominion invested its 5 billion in solar power instead of a dangerous pipeline we could install enough solar panels to power over 400 000 Virginia homes Installing and maintaining this industry would create 2 500 temporary construction jobs and support 216 permanent jobs annually plus additional jobs due to lower energy prices over time and improved health outcomes of workers across the state 1 FERC Dominion and Governor McAuliffe must wake up to the reality that we can and must meet our energy needs without jeopardizing Virginians homes health and climate The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of four interstate gas pipeline projects currently proposed for the central Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia and West

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/ferc-must-assess-climate-harm-dominion-pipeline/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Momentum building against Virginia pipelines | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    proven to be a staunch ally In October they asked Dominion to reroute the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to avoid the endangered Cow Knob Salamander A month later they flatly rejected the current proposed route They cited unavoidable environmental damages dealing an enormous setback to Dominion s plans Considering the original route took almost a year to design before submittal to FERC one can only guess as to how long it will take to design a reroute Further exemplifying the shoddiness with which Dominion has approached this process the US Forest Service blasted Dominion for misrepresenting their soil samples The US Forest Service thoroughly documented the instructions they gave to Dominion Not only did their soil surveying team disregard instruction after instruction they falsely presented the credentials of the sampling team The US Forest Service publicly lambasted them for their complete disregard of protocol and demanded the samples be disregarded As this reckless planning has become more evident the need to slow down and thoroughly plan this project has become increasingly apparent More than a dozen legislators have written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting they conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement PEIS This would require FERC to examine all

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/momentum-building-against-virginia-pipelines/ (2016-05-02)
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  • CCAN Joins Challenge to WB XPress Fracked Gas Pipeline Project | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Marcellus region The fracked gas would be sold in markets farther south and perhaps abroad We re also highly concerned that this project will increase the pressure to build the Mountaineer XPress which would have even more destructive impacts throughout our region explained Luckett The Mountaineer XPress proposed by a consortium owned in part by Columbia Gas involves constructing three new compressor stations and approximately 165 miles of new pipeline in West Virginia This fall these same groups filed similar challenges to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline These groups hope to shed light on the rash of gas projects currently pending FERC review Appalachian communities have been hard hit by the fracking boom and now face the threat of a huge build out of natural gas infrastructure explained Kate Rooth with Appalachian Voices Collectively the projects involve thousands of miles of pipeline construction and upgrades costing tens of billions of dollars to move fracked gas out of West Virginia The massive network of new gas infrastructure proposed for the region has prompted many to call on FERC to perform a comprehensive analysis of the entire planned pipeline scheme FERC should perform one comprehensive review of these massive fossil fuel projects so we can see the entirety of the environmental and climate impacts of this proposal not a fragmented one that fails to recognize the devastating impacts these pipelines would have said Kirk Bowers Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club Taken together these pipeline projects will lock the region into decades of reliance on a fossil fuel that is just as bad as coal for our climate said Anne Havemann general counsel for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network A new report by the Sierra Club found that just two of the pipeline proposals would trigger nearly twice

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/ccan-joins-challenge-to-wb-xpress-fracked-gas-pipeline-project/ (2016-05-02)
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