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The Forest Service letter includes a 57-page document that points out numerous deficiencies, errors, and inconsistencies in documents submitted to FERC by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC.  It also enumerates the range of potential effects that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could have on the George Washington and Monongahela National Forest, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The document contains 335 different requests for information, including stipulations that Dominion complete required analyses on impacts to waters, plants, animals and users of the forest.  Most importantly the report states that “ACP’s discussion should clearly articulate why the project cannot reasonably be accommodated off National Forest Service (NSF) lands.  This discussion should not cite lower costs or less restrictive locations as the sole purpose of crossing NSF lands.”

David Sligh, the Conservation Director of Wild Virginia said:  “The Forest Service officials are taking their responsibity as stewards of our public lands seriously, by requiring Dominion to analyze all the threats the ACP poses to our most valued resources. Click here for full document.

 

 

For More Information:
Because the overall pipeline proposal crosses two National Forests, all materials relating to it are being maintained on a single Forest website.  The website for the George Washington National Forest at http://www.fs.usda.gov.gwj/ is the site being used.

Click here for maps of the route through the Mon.

Click here to read the press release about the comment period.

Click here to read the Scoping Letter.