For Virginians who would live and work in its path, Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is All Pain, No Gain. The ACP is a 42-inch, high-pressure natural gas behemoth that will threaten our safety, our property rights, and our livelihood for generations to come. Every route Dominion is currently proposing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) poses new and unnecessary risks throughout the Commonwealth. Landowners’ rights are ignored; precious water, environmental, and historic resources threatened; public safety compromised; and farms and properties devalued.
The All Pain, No Gain Campaign (APNG), organized by concerned Virginians, is launching a call to action to urge lawmakers to tell Dominion “No!” in regard to the proposed routes and potentially damaging construction plans. We seek to unite all citizens and groups in support of relocating the ACP to existing rights-of-way in order to:
• Protect Private Property Rights
• Protect Socioeconomic, Cultural/Historical, and Natural Resources
• Ensure Public Safety and Peace of Mind for Future Generations.
The All Pain No Gain Campaign is committed to shedding light on the significant threats and minimal benefits of the pipeline’s proposed route, and data and case studies regarding all ACP impacts can be found on this website. We hope you will join the APNG Campaign in asking Senators Warner and Kaine to ensure that Dominion chooses an alternate, responsible route on existing easements, preferably co-located with existing pipelines. The quality of life of all Virginians must be more important to our lawmakers than Dominion’s bottom line.
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Charlotte Rea is a native Virginian who was born in Norfolk and grew up in Crozet. She has degrees from Slippery Rock State College (education), Air Force Institute of Technology (logistics) and Naval War College (national strategic studies). She retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after twenty-six years on active duty. Her last assignment was leading a 2,000 person depot maintenance organization with a $50M annual budget. She has lived in Nelson County since 2003 and currently resides in Afton with her K-9 kids, rescue dogs Maggie and Toby. Her property is on the proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project and she has spent the past eight months dedicated to moving the pipeline to a more responsible location.
For three decades, Nancy Sorrells has managed to combine two vastly different careers of journalism and history. She is currently an independent scholar, freelance writer, museum consultant, and a partner in a local history publishing company.
Nancy was elected to two terms (2004-2011) on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and one term on the Augusta County Service Authority (2010-2014). While on the Board of Supervisors she served on the Virginia Association of Counties Economic Development and Planning Committee and the National Association of Counties Public Lands Committee. Her governmental strengths and interests lie in watershed and farmland protection.
Since mid-2013, Nancy has worked with the Shenandoah Valley Network on the issue of fracking in the George Washington National Forest management plan. In June 2015 her focus shifted to addressing issues with the proposed Dominion natural gas pipeline. She helped found and co-chairs the Augusta County Alliance created to fight the pipeline. (www.AugustaCountyAlliance.org). She is also on the steering committee of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (www.abralliance.org), a coalition of organizations dealing with the pipeline issue, and on the steering committee of the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition.
What is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) proposed by Dominion Power (in collaboration with Duke Energy) is an approximately 554-mile natural gas pipeline which would originate in West Virginia and travel through Virginia to North Carolina. The proposed route would install the pipeline across miles of Virginia’s treasured mountains, farmlands, and rural communities in the western half of the state. The main pipeline in Virginia will be 42 inches in diameter, a larger pipeline than Dominion has ever constructed or maintained, and the Hampton Roads extension would be 20 inches in diameter. The pipeline will transmit 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Dominion claims that the ACP will bring new jobs to Virginia and lower energy prices with minimal risk and environmental impact, but this is an obvious distortion of the facts and downplaying of the high risks associated with constructing such a large pipeline across uneven terrain prone to destabilizing events such as erosion, flooding, sinkholes.
A compressor station would also be constructed in Buckingham County, Virginia. Dominion acknowledges on its ACP website that there are both noise pollution and environmental emissions concerns associated with a compressor station but claims that noise and emissions will fall within federal and state-mandated limits. However, noise levels can still have a negative effect on area residents and wildlife. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is currently investigating the effects of compressor station noise pollution on humans and animals. An NPR report on the study can be found here. http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/08/25/state-regulators-take-a-closer-listen-to-gas-compressor-stations/ Negative effects from compressor station vibrations are also an issue currently being researched.
Support and Opposition:
In September 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, citing his belief in its potential benefits for energy prices and new jobs in Virginia. Governor McAuliffe’s support for the ACP before fully researching the project and apparent disregard for its negative impacts disappointed environmentalists, small business owners, and landowners throughout the Commonwealth.
Many local, state, and national organizations have expressed strong concern about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as it is currently proposed, including:
• The Southern Environmental Law Center
• Sierra Club of Virginia
• Wild Virginia
• Friends of Nelson County
• Augusta County Alliance
• Augusta County Service Authority
• Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District
• Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
• Highlanders for Responsible Development
• Individual Citizens in all Counties in the ACP’s Proposed Path as well as those in communities across the Old Dominion, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
Dominion is currently in the prefiling stage of developing an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It is anticipated that they will make a formal filing in late summer. The application process will take longer than a year. If the application is approved and a certificate of public need is given, construction would begin in 2017, with pipeline operations launching as early as late 2018. If the pipeline project is approved by FERC, then Dominion has the right to take property rights from landowners using the power of eminent domain.
To prevent Dominion from beginning construction along its currently proposed route, we must unite as informed, concerned citizens and act now to urge our lawmakers to demand a safer, more responsible pipeline route along existing rights-of-way.
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