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Fake Plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Demonstrate Dominion Duplicity


From Rick Webb, Committee Chair, Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative, Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance

Dominion Energy asserts that the ACP has received an unprecedented level of regulatory review, and it’s time to get on with it. Meanwhile it withholds its real construction plans while expecting broad waivers from environmental conditions and standards.

Dominion has persistently failed to make site-specific construction plans available to the regulatory agencies and the public. It has instead provided low-resolution plan sheets and generalized descriptions of environmental control practices. We now know that Dominion has plans that it has not shared with government decision makers, and we know it seeks exemption from critical regulatory requirements.

The curtain was pulled back in February 2018 when, after protracted delay, Dominion submitted site-specific plans to the Forest Service for six high-hazard locations in Virginia. Based on these plans we know that:

• the steepest mountainsides will be held in place using heavy-wire mesh fastened to underlying bedrock with 8 to 15-foot or longer “nails”
• excess spoil resulting from trench and workspace excavation may be spread on ridgelines or deposited adjacent the pipeline corridor
• trenches will be dynamited through high-quality streams and backfilled with concrete

It also seems that Dominion is ignoring or perhaps intends to seek a wholesale variance from the State Water Control Board’s requirement that it reduce the width of the construction corridor from 125 feet to 75 feet within 50 feet of streams and wetlands to minimize the extent of riparian buffer disturbance. The most-recent available plans indicate that the width of construction disturbance at stream crossings remains 125-feet wide.

And it remains unclear if Dominion expects to receive a general variance allowing it to exceed the 500-foot open trench limit imposed by Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control regulations. Dominion has indicated that it will seek open-trench variances that will cover 99% of the pipeline corridor in western Virginia, including even the steepest mountainsides.

For more information see:  Fake Plans for the ACP
Section of recently obtained design sheet for the ACP Milepost 85 area near border with West Virginia, one of only six areas in Virginia for which detailed site-specific construction plans are available.
  • From Appalachians Against Pipelines:

    The below story is currently developing. We will follow up with pictures and directions to the site shortly.

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Standoff Between MVP Logging Crews and Landowners, Supporters on Bent Mountain

    [BENT MOUNTAIN, VA] — This morning, landowners and supporters have confronted Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) workers who are attempting to clear trees along the pipeline’s proposed path in Bent Mountain, Virginia.

    Residents of Bent Mountain have opposed the 300-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline at every step of the process. They are now forced to put their bodies in the way to stop the destruction of their land and community.

    “MVP is realizing they made a mistake when they arbitrarily drew a line across the Bent Mountain community. This mountain is our home, and we know it better than they ever will. Our community is getting more organized every day,” said Genesis Chapman, resident of Bent Mountain.

    The citizens’ patrol in today’s action aims to prevent tree clearing in areas surrounding the tree sits on Poor Mountain Rd, where 60-year-old Red and her family have erected an aerial blockade to prevent felling of trees on their family land. By confronting workers on all adjacent access roads, supporters will effectively be expanding the section of forest defended by the Bent Mountain tree sits.


  • Peggy Gilges

    Thank you for following these important stories regarding the violations and tactics used by MVP and ACP to get around environmental requirements that protect Virginia’s citizens and resources.