Two founding organizations of the Alliance — Augusta County Alliance and Shenandoah Valley Network — have been 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 be the largest project of its kind ever built through the Shenandoah Valley. The 600-mile pipeline would carry 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, are 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 negatively affect public lands — including the George Washington National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and private lands — including family farmland in Augusta County and 10 properties protected by conservation easements in western Virginia.