Comments to FERC on MVP and ACP Now Needed

by Duane Nichols on April 14, 2021

Mountain Valley Pipeline can contaminate rivers & streams during construction

Good Afternoon,

Just a reminder of some upcoming comment deadlines on MVP and ACP:

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)

The Notice of Scoping comment period for MVP’s request to bore at 180+ waterbodies, FERC Docket CP21-57, closes tomorrow, April 15th at 4:59pm.

If you want to weigh in, here are a couple options:

Public petition from App Voices, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, POWHR + CCAN

(URL to share:

>>>. CP21-57 Talking points

>>>. Sierra Club petition

>>>. Wild Virginia Guide

>. Submit a Comment via eComment directly into the docket

>. Need help navigating the site?


Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)

The ACP restoration plan comment period closes Friday, April 16th at 4:59pm.

>>>. Here is information from Friends of Nelson on how to weigh in

>>>. Submit a Comment via eComment directly into the docket

Thank you!

Jessica Sims, Virginia Field Coordinator
Appalachian Voices, 812 E. High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 226-0589 office

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Pat Thomas April 14, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Bail denied for Mountain Valley Pipeline protestors

By Pat Thomas

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – Bail was denied Monday for a man arrested for trespassing as a protester against the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County.

Alexander Lowe, 24 of Worcester, Massachusetts, was in court and told he would stay in the Montgomery County Jail, with another hearing set for May 5.

He was arrested for Obstruction of Justice and Interfering with the Property Rights of Another.

Lowe was the lone remaining tree sitter after others were removed two weeks ago from the site on Yellow Finch Lane.

Another protester, Claire Fiocco, 23 of Dorset, Vermont, also remains in jail without bond.

A small number of people are standing outside the courthouse in support of the protesters.


Carvins Cove Reservoir April 14, 2021 at 8:20 pm

Funds from Mountain Valley Pipeline awarded for Carvins Cove land and other projects

From an Article by Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times, April 12, 2021

The entire shoreline of the Carvins Cove Reservoir could soon be in public hands.

A $175,000 grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will initiate talks with the owners of a 46-acre tract at the reservoir’s southern tip — the last remaining privately owned piece of waterfront property.

The grant was awarded to the Western Virginia Water Authority, which co-owns and manages the reservoir and a surrounding 12,700-acre natural reserve with the city of Roanoke.

“Carvins Cove is the primary source of drinking water for residents in the valley, and land conservation activities such as these protect water quality and expand low-impact recreational activities in the valley,” read a statement released Monday by authority spokeswoman Sarah Baumgardner.

Money for the purchase came from the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which three years ago agreed to pay $27.5 million to the state of Virginia to compensate for the forest fragmentation and water pollution that was expected to come from building the massive pipeline. Virginia then passed the company’s payment on to four conservation groups.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation received $15 million, which it has been doling out in annual grants to recipients in the six counties crossed by the pipeline — Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania.

The latest round of grants announced Monday totals $1 million. In addition to the water authority, seven other applicants were awarded funding for trail and greenway projects, improvements to parks, and construction of a river access point.


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