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Sen. Tim Kaine: “I have serious concerns about the situation in Southwest Virginia along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route.”

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I’m really glad to see the following from Sen. Tim Kaine – this is called leadership!

I have serious concerns about the situation in Southwest Virginia along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route. Pipeline opponents, both landowners and advocates, are rallying to #StandwithRed, frustrated about having their land seized through eminent domain at the end of what they rightly see as a flawed FERC process. And now local law enforcement is thrust into the middle of it. We need to make sure protesters are all treated humanely and we must work to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate. I’ve spoken out about how FERC didn’t handle the process for these pipelines the right way. They didn’t give the public enough opportunity for input and then they jammed through the approval with an unusual split decision when two of the commissioner slots were vacant. I have called for FERC to rehear both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline applications, and I also have bipartisan legislation waiting for action in Congress to reform FERC’s flawed process for reviewing projects like these, especially when eminent domain is involved. We need to listen to local voices and make sure communities have a real say in these decisions.

  • Now we need to hear from Sen. Mark Warner. Gov. Ralph Northam, AG Mark Herring and LG Justin Fairfax.

  • S. Nitka

    Too little, too late, Senator. You had your chance to intervene when this process was in play. What did you do? Just wrote a few letters but did nothing substantive. Yes, it was more than Senator Warner who was completely MIA (in part because he’s in bed with Dominion.) Now you show up — running for office again — and begin o make noise. Sorry. It’s too late. We need real leadership, not fair weather friends. Disappointed in you.