On July 5, 2020, Dominion announced the end of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Alliance continues to work with partners in order to make our communities whole again after this invasive project. That includes the restoration of land and historic resources that were damaged, as well as the legal release of the easements that still remain on the properties along the route of the ACP. We are also committed to documenting this fight in a way that can be inspiring and educational to other communities as they face similar threats.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Two founding organizations of the Alliance — Augusta County Alliance and Shenandoah Valley Network — were deeply engaged in the campaign against the unneeded and destructive Atlantic Coast Pipeline since the project was announced in 2014. Dominion Energy’s high-pressure, 42-inch Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would have been the largest project of its kind ever built through the steep, forested slopes and significant karst of western Virginia and West Virginia. The 600-mile pipeline would have carried natural gas from fracking wells in West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina, crossing 56-miles through Augusta County.
Communities in Augusta County and the City of Staunton, and beyond, were deeply concerned about impacts of the pipeline and the 125 feet wide construction corridor through headwaters, streams and tributaries, drinking water supplies, forests, neighborhoods, and farmland. The pipeline would have negatively affected public lands — including the George Washington National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and private lands — including working family farms, schools, and homes in Augusta County as well as 10 properties protected by conservation easements in western Virginia.
ACP in Augusta County
- Augusta County Route Map
- Augusta County Fact Sheet
- Augusta County Impacted Cultural Resources
- Augusta County Economic Impacts
- Assessment of Augusta County as a Headwaters Zone
- ABRA Updates – The Alliance is a member of Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), a coalition of organizations united in opposition to Dominion’s unnecessary, destructive gas pipeline. ABRA releases detailed weekly updates on the status of the ACP and other pipeline news.
- Dominon Pipeline Monitoring Coalition technical resources and CSI
We put a great big stop sign on Dominion’s Pipeline!
We won the ACP fight because of you and the thousands of others who refused to give up.
Making Our Communities Whole Again
FERC, for the first time, seems genuinely interested in hearing from the people in the path of the pipeline.
A New Day at FERC!
For the first time ever, FERC seems sincere in wanting to improve its deeply flawed pipeline certification process
A mostly good session in Richmond for farmland protection and clean water
Several of the bills that we supported are on Governor Northam’s desk awaiting signature, and the budget ended up relatively strong for clean water and farmland protection programs, considering current fiscal constraints.
Memories from when we didn’t want your pipeline.
For those involved in the six-year-long struggle to stop the unneeded and destructive Atlantic Coast Pipeline, it is still hard to comprehend what happened on July 5, 2020. That is the day that Dominion announced that it was pulling the plug on the 42-inch high-pressure natural gas pipeline that would have plowed through 600 miles of forests, farms, streams, and communities in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.