Virginia Lawmakers Call on FERC to Study Cumulative Enviro Impacts of Planned NatGas Pipes
Jeremiah Shelor June 22, 2016
A handful of Virginia’s Democratic legislators have added their names to the list of those calling for FERC to cumulatively review the various natural gas pipeline projects planned to cross parts of Virginia and West Virginia.
The letters, using nearly identical language, were signed by Virginia Sens. Adam Ebbin and Barbara Favola, along with Dels. Kaye Kory, Alfonso Lopez, Marcus Simon, Sam Rasoul and Rip Sullivan. The letters were submitted to FERC’s dockets for ACP and MVP by the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter.
Echoing familiar environmental arguments against new pipeline infrastructure, the legislators cited climate change, impacts to protected species and habitats, impacts to air quality, the encouragement of new unconventional drilling, water quality impacts and “changes in the rural character” of the region as among the reasons to prepare a programmatic EIS.
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