FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2015
NELSON COUNTY – All Pain, No Gain released the following statement regarding the joint letter U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) sent on Monday, April 20, 2015, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for additional scoping meetings in Nelson and Augusta Counties. A copy of the letter is available here.
“We appreciate Senators Kaine and Warner’s leadership on this issue and care in listening to his constituents’ concerns,” said Phil Anderson, executive director of All Pain, No Gain. “This is a step in the right direction toward a fair and open public comment period.”
In the letter, Kaine and Warner wrote, “While we appreciate your intent to review procedures for future scoping meetings, we must request that new scoping meetings be held in Nelson and Augusta Counties…. Public meetings are only beneficial if they allow for maximum participation and airing of different viewpoints, and we believe Nelson and Augusta County residents deserve the full opportunity for comment that was not provided at the previous meeting.”
This letter adds to growing concern among Virginia’s Congressional delegation over the FERC process. Last week, U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) sent a letter to the FERC requesting additional scoping meetings and an extension to the scoping period. The letter is available here.