Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines
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Update: Air Board Defers Vote on Air Permit for Buckingham Compressor Station
On Friday, November 9, we celebrated because the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board decided to defer their vote on the air permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Buckingham compressor station until their next meeting because of health, site suitability and environmental justice concerns. This deferral is to give the Board more time to consider the information that the public, the Department of Environmental Quality and Dominion Energy submitted. Read our statement on this decision.
Less than one week after this decision, Governor Northam replaced two Air Board members after they raised concerns about environmental justice, but before their final vote. Both members, Sam Bleicher and Rebecca Rubin, raised concerns about the disproportionate health impacts on this majority African American community. Their removal means they won’t be able to vote when the Air Board may decide the fate of Union Hill and the compressor station. Read our joint statement on this decision.
On December 19, the Air Pollution Control Board delayed their vote again to open a 10-day written comment period for the public to weigh in on documents that the Board received from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) about Union Hill’s standing as an environmental justice community and site suitability for the proposed compressor station.
On January 9, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 to approve the air permit for the proposed Buckingham compressor station for the ACP. The choice of the Air Pollution Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality to permit the sacrifice of our neighbors’ health and safety for a private company to profit is disheartening. Read our full statement.
Please join us, our neighbors at Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), and faith communities across the state as we encourage Governor Northam to take a closer look at the impacts on Creation of the proposed MVP and ACP pipelines through the #Pray4TreeProtectors social media action.
We invite Virginia’s faith communities to post a sign like the one pictured right on a tree on their grounds. Will your community #Pray4TreeProtectors? Download our signs.
Other Ways to Take Action
- To directly support the resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, donate to Interfaith Alliance For Climate Justice, a Virginia-based nonprofit.
- Mountain Valley Watch (MVW), a collaboration of volunteers, nonprofits, and private interests, will observe and document construction activity of the Mountain Valley Pipeline to assure compliance with environmental regulations during construction. Visit Mountain Valley Watch on Facebook for training schedule, events and updates.
- Show a place that matters to you on the pipeline route by uploading a photo to Wild Virginia’s map.
- Our Air, Our Lives: Religious Fact-Finding Delegation to Buckingham County Report – VAIPL
- Threats to Water Quality from Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Crossings in Virginia – Downstream Strategies
- Faith Leaders’ Sign On Letter: Environmental Justice & Resisting Pipelines