Don’t let Dominion change the rules to fix its pipeline problems
The proposed route for Dominion’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been a mess from the beginning. It carves its way through family farms, steep mountain ridges, and public water supplies, and it is slated to cross the Appalachian Trail on U.S. Forest Service land, a move that federal judges have said is not legal.
Rather than reconsider its poorly-planned project, Dominion is asking Congress to change laws to solve its own permitting problems.
Contact your senators and representative in Congress today, and ask them to oppose legislation that makes way for the unneeded Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Here’s what is going on
Dominion is in trouble. It’s been nearly five years since the company announced that it would build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, across the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, into North Carolina. Today, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is broadly unpopular, 50 percent over budget (now a shocking $7.5+ billion), and two years behind schedule.
In December 2018, a federal court in Richmond said that Dominion’s plan to cross the Appalachian Trail was not legal, and it overturned the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the crossing. Dominion appealed the ruling and now the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Even as that case is pending, Dominion is calling on Congress to come to its rescue, asking senators and representatives to change the law and undo the court’s ruling.
The Appalachian Trail crossing is one of seven permits that federal courts have overturned or put on hold, all because of Dominion’s careless route selection and rushed permitting. And it’s increasingly clear that the pipeline is not needed to meet electricity and gas demand. Worse, electricity customers in Virginia and North Carolina would be on the hook to pay for the costly new pipeline.
Tell your senators and your representative in Congress that you oppose legislation that would change the rules to make way for Dominion’s unneeded and destructive pipeline.