Bold Alliance Vows to Continue Pipeline Fight

Virginia landowners, Bold Alliance, citizens and other advocates on Thursday vowed to continue fighting the proposed Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline after the Virginia Water Control Board issued a conditional permit approval, dependent on a final review of several environmental studies. The decision to hold final approval before review of sedimentation, karst, and erosion issues means the project is likely delayed further into 2018.

“While we did not get the outright denial of the permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline that many in Virginia wanted to see, we appreciate that the board listened to the testimony of concerned citizens during this hearing and held its final certification until members can review and reassess the water testing results that have not come in or have not been done yet,” said Vanessa Bolin, organizer with Bold Alliance. “Virginians have sent a strong message to Dominion Energy that we are ready for renewable energy, and do not want fracked gas pipelines that threaten our lives, our water and our climate.”

“My hope is that landowners along the proposed ACP route are home treasuring their precious resource: water,” said Carolyn Reilly, a landowner on the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and organizer of the Bold Appalachia Landowner Alliance (BALA). “Our pipeline fight is far from over; we, the people of Virginia, are standing stronger together to protect our rights and defend our land, water and climate.”

In addition to the Virginia Water Control Board’s approval, the Atlantic Coast project also still requires a permit from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which has received public comments from landowners, Bold and other groups but has yet to schedule any public hearing on this contentious project. The ACP project also still lacks a necessary water certificate in North Carolina, where regulators have sought additional information from the company.

Separately, Bold Alliance and a collective of more than 50 landowners’ federal lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to move forward. That suit seeks to block the granting of eminent domain authority to seize land against owners’ wishes for the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline and similar projects.

Background on landowners’ eminent domain lawsuit against FERC: http://boldalliance.org/ferc