Atlantic Coast Pipeline & Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map of Injustice

“No census tracts within 1 mile of ACP have a minority population greater than 50 percent.” (FERC FEIS Appendix U4-512)

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline includes 3 huge, state Compressor Stations (CS) 200+ miles apart. Terminus & Link: all Compressor Station locations are Environmental Justice Communities on the basis of low-income.

Dom.com map. Data added by Lakshmi Fjord

Who pays the true costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline? Environmental Justice communities all along the route: Appalachians, African Americans, Native Americans, and Rural people - all majority low-income

The Pipelines

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) are interstate fracked gas transmission compressor stations and pipelines from drill sites in West Virginia's Marcellus Shale deposits with endpoints primarily at port facilities for sales to higher priced overseas markets.

There is no US utility need for MVP and ACP

No need for ACP and MVP stated by FERC Commissioner LaFleur in rare 2:1 dissent: 

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Impacts

Under decimation of the EPA, long fought-for protections of endangered species, steep slopes, and vistas in our National Parks and National Forests where ACP and MVP plan to remove mountain tops on their routes are in question. The federal 4th District Court has two key legal cases before them regarding the Fish and Wildlife and Forest Service permits needed for ACP to cross shared national treasures. 

 

 

 

U.S. residents will pay all costs of the ACP and MVP, including the health costs of fracked gas. Every phase of the fracking-to-market process releases toxic chemicals through air emissions, contaminated water, leaks, blowdowns, ruptures, and explosions that lead to death, asthma and other chronic lung and respiratory conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, disruptions of endocrine system, cognitive and neurological issues in children and the elderly, and many forms of cancer. 

Compressor stations for ACP are far larger than industry standard, yet even very small compressor stations have similarly devastating health risks as fracking well sites. 

Disproportionately Impacted Communities 

The Union Hill, VA and North-ampton, NC compressor stations will be built in 83% minority and 79.2% African American comm-unities. The Atlantic Connector Link is in 3 African American neighborhoods next to schools, hospitals, churches. All 3 sites are disproportionately low-income.

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Rural People

Native Americans

African Americans

Appalachians

The Northampton Compressor Station would be built on ancestral lands of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe. In Prospect, NC, 30,000 Native Americans live within 1 mile of proposed route. NC most impacted population is 13% Native American (Statewide population: 1.2%)

The value of land in the rural area surrounding Union Hill has already fallen after ACP's decision to site compressor station 2 there. Residents are worried about the health impacts and potential contamination of their drinking water sourced from individual wells.

Appalachian residents, especially in West Virginia, have had their land infiltrated by natural gas companies because while they own the land, they don't own the resources underneath.  Landslides in terrain similar to the Appalachians have caused pipeline explosions soon after installation

Archives of Testimonies of 2 People's Tribunals

On October 28, 2017, a day-long tribunal was held to collect testimonies about the human and environmental impacts of two interstate fracked gas pipeline projects already under construction through parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. The Tribunal brought together for the first time impacted people along the ACP and MVP to share first person and expert testimonies about eminent domain seizures of their land for interstate pipelines for which there is no need, as existing pipelines have enough capacity for the lifetime of the Marcellus Shale reserves.  Yet, the MVP has already devastated waterways along its entire route.  Both place a disproportionate burden of harms to water, air, and soil on rural, poor, African American, Native American, and Appalachian communities.

 

Please explore this website for videos, written testimonies, resources, and information about how to help resist the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), as well as information about the ongoing Permanent People’s Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change, and their event May 14-18, 2018.      

Pipelines Compliance Surveillance

Latest Events

Under questioning by 4th Circuit at pipeline hearing, state concedes Union Hill's racial status

At compressor station hearing, sharp questions on environmental justice

Appeals court hears dispute over pipeline compressor station

Inside the Supreme Court showdown over Atlantic Coast

BREAKING: Federal Agency Asks Fish and Wildlife Service to Start Over on Crucial Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Rural Virginia activist, 75, vows to ‘keep on fighting’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Union Hill Solar Project Aims to Reunite Community with Solar

Will they be built? Virginia’s contentious pipeline projects face major legal hurdles

Ralph Northam Says He’s Committed to Racial Equity. So Why is He Ignoring Union Hill?

William Limpert column: Pipelines put health and environment at risk - and we don't need them anyway

Appeals court allows quick-take of land for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Rights of Nature: ACP & MVP

Breathing while black: A Dominion compressor station would disadvantage a historically black community in Virginia

Stand with Union Hill: Our Air Our Lives

Former VA Air Board Member speaks out on EJ and climate change issues of ACP: Bad News for Environmental Justice in Virginia

Gov. dissolves ACEJ, Reconstitutes with Council on Environmental Justice

Roanoke Attorneys Seek Criminal Investigation of Mountain Valley Pipeline Illegal Construction Activities

The U.S. is Helping the Natural Gas Industry Make a Profit — At The Expense of the Environment:

Northam Removes 2 Members From Air Board Before Buckingham Project Vote

Why No Lawmakers Have Stopped This Power Company’s Threat To Humanity

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Roanoke County Women who Sat in Trees to Block MVP

Robie Goins, Lumbee Indian Tribe

Prospect, NC 

ACP Terminus

Article: Baptists and Yogis Join to Fight a Pipeline

Dear All,

 

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has just released its Advisory Opinion, recommending a worldwide ban on hydraulic fracturing, the extreme oil and gas extraction technique known as  ‘fracking.’ The materials, and infrastructure of fracking inherently and necessarily violate human rights, the court decided in a Special Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. The rights violated include the rights to life, to water, to full information and participation, and especially the rights of indigenous people, women and children. 

Governments have an affirmative obligation to protect the rights of their citizens, according to internationally recognized human-rights Covenants and Declarations. When governments fail to adequately regulate harmful oil and gas industry practices, they fail to meet their human rights obligations. And when governments fail to take measures to prevent the advance of climate change and its impacts on the rights to life, liberty, and security, they are failing to meet their internationally recognized human-rights obligations. Widespread government failures have created a global “axis of betrayal,” according to the international court, in which governments and fossil-fuel industries collude – at great cost to people and the planet – in human-rights violations to their mutual profit.


The Special Session was conducted for five days in May of 2018. Four Preliminary tribunals had been conducted in the months prior to the Plenary hearings. The Pre-tribunals included rich oral testimony from Australia, the US states of Ohio and Virginia, and other places, supporting documentation, and findings from those Pre-tribunal’s local judges. All materials and reports from those Pre-tribunal hearings, all the Plenary session’s oral testimony and arguments, all Plenary session reports, amicus curiae briefsand full documentation are available, in both video and text formats, on the website for the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change .

The 
full text of the Opinion is attached. It is also available on the website for the PPT Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change and on the Jurisprudence page of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal website at their headquarters in Rome.

 

Tom Kerns

for the PPT Steering Group

News Feed

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Review

Hearing 2019-012: Poverty in America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families

Poor People's Campaign Moral Budget

Rights of Nature

Buckingham We The People Mission Statement:

We are committed to preserving a sustainable environment through defending our right to clean air, water,and land. We recognize our dependence on nature and respect our need to live in harmony with the natural world. 

 

James River Natural Community Bill of Rights:

 

 

 

Buckingham We the People Facebook page:

United States Spends Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education 

Former National Park Director Objects to Dominion Plan to Change Laws about Appalachian Trail Crossing

Fracked Gas and Environmental Health Impacts

84% of fracking studies show the industry harms human health 

Fracked Gas and Economic Impacts

Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option - Even Without Subsidies

Message from Lakshmi Fjord, editor 

Please excuse our Under Renovation website! With the help of a donation from Oil Change International for skilled website support, this website is shifting to a resource for updated ACP & MVP environmental justice, human rights, and rights of nature resources. WE NEED YOUR HELP to fill in details for each site along ACP and MVP. Please contact the email below or contact Lakshmi directly. 

 

This already is the place to find MVP & ACP impacted peoples' testimonies, written transcripts, videos, power-points  from the Cvlle People's Tribunal on ACP & MVP, Oct. 28, 2017, and the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Fracking on May 14, 2018. Resources will include site information, history, demographics, on places along both MVP & ACP routes, including Union Hill, Buckingham, VA; resources on fracked gas infrastructure, no need for either ACP or MVP economic and market info, and links to our allied groups on both pipelines; updated photos & maps. 

Thanks for your patience.     

Atlantic Coast Pipeline & Mountain Valley Pipeline

Environmental Justice     Human Rights     Rights of Nature

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Friends of 

Buckingham

Water is Life. Protect It.

Appalachian 

Voices

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance

Allegheny Blue 

Ridge Alliance

ABRA

Protect Our Water, Heritage & Rights

 POWHR

Southern Environmental Law Center, Stop ACP Information

Compliance 

Surveillance Initiative