Friends of Wintergreen reported today that nearly 1,000 Wintergreen property owners, a number that is growing daily, plan to individually sue the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for damages to their property if the pipeline company seizes land used by the Wintergreen community. Go here for press release.
Today Friends of Wintergreen and the Wintergreen Property Owners Association filed a rehearing request and temporary injunction to stop the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the Wintergreen area. “FERC’s approval was arbitrary and capricious and not based on facts on (and in) the ground”.
Friends of Wintergreen wrote a letter to FERC to inform the federal agency that ACP did not provide specific responses to issues raised by the Wintergreen community, or provided vague, open-ended, non-committal “responses.” These perfunctory answers failed to address or acknowledge the unique circumstances of the Wintergreen area.
On March 24, 2017, Friends of Wintergreen submitted a 432-page filing with FERC pointing out the deficiencies in the DEIS issued on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. A summary is here. The full filing with attachments is here (and is large.)
Friends of Wintergreen released two new geology studies that show the land around Wintergreen is too steep and prone to erosion to support a 42-inch natural gas pipeline.
Friends of Wintergreen filed with FERC today asking that Wintergreen and Nelson County land be treated with the same due diligence and duty of care as the USFS demands of its land. Dominion needs to do more analysis and detailed plans.
Friends of Wintergreen announced that the prospect of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) on Wintergreen land and in front of the only entrance and exit to the mountain resort has already depressed property values by 10% or more. This is in contrast to Dominion’s 2015 claim to county officials across the Commonwealth that “there is no consistent information suggesting the presence of a natural gas pipeline easement would decrease property values.” Real estate values elsewhere in the Commonwealth have increased by an estimated 2-5+%.
September 12, 2016 filing from Friends of Wintergreen to FERC on the inadequacy of Dominion’s proposed Spruce Creek Route Variation to the Wintergreen area community.
Friends of Wintergreen submitted a large, technical filing to FERC which points out the flaws in Dominion’s pipeline route analysis. FOW engineers and environmental scientists continue to maintain that the alternative routes proposed by FOW are superior and less damaging than those promoted by Dominion. In the cover letter, FOW again “requests that the Commission Staff formally evaluate each of FOW’s alternative routes and provide an independent and comprehensive evaluation.”
The complete FOW filing can be found in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.