Chesapeake PSR

Virginia groups urge halt of Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines

Climate Change and EnergyLydia SullivanComment
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Across Virginia, PSR members and advocates are speaking out against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline, and additional polluting compressor stations. Virginia Advisory Group members Chad Oba, Tina Smutz, MD, and Lakshmi Fjord, PhD, have been organizing the movement against new pipelines and compressor stations in the state.

Chesapeake PSR and other groups have been working to stop the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from certifying the two massive pipelines. Eighty one people signed Chesapeake PSR's petition to Virginia's State Water Control Board urging them to deny certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline under the U.S. Clean Water Act to protect the health, safety and security of Virginia water resources and communities.

Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse spoke at the late August "Hands Across the Appalachian Trail" event about the health and safety impacts of the pipelines and their related infrastructure.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline and their compressor stations and other infrastructure will endanger drinking water for 13.9 million Virginia residents. If built, the pipelines would threaten six river basins, cross nearly two thousand streams and harm aquifers and wetlands. 

Pipelines leak, and compressor stations expose nearby residents to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radon. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline pose risks of chemical contaminant leaks. In addition, the two pipelines would strip thousands of acres of forested land. The Mountain Valley Pipeline would also cut across the Appalachian Trail at two sensitive locations and pose an unacceptable risk of fire, leaks and explosions as it crosses steep mountain grades. And building mammoth pipelines when climate change is worsening would undermine efforts to develop clean renewable energy sources. 

To get involved in this issue in Virginia, please contact Tim Whitehouse at twhitehouse@psr.org or ( 240) 246-4492.

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