What We’ve Done

Friends of Wintergreen, Inc. (FOW) was created on August 6, 2015 to protect and enhance the value, beauty, integrity, and sustainability of Wintergreen, Route 151, and neighboring communities.

The first order of business was to identify the negative impacts of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the Wintergreen area and then work to find a better solution to the current proposed route. Working with top national legal, environmental and engineering experts, FOW identified the problems and potential solutions which are formally and informally being communicated to Dominion, the federal regulators, and top government officials.

The following is a chronology of event in 2015 and a look ahead to late 2017 and beyond:

Year Month Date Event
2015 Feb 23 Dominion considers “Wintergreen Route” as alternate
May 16 Dominion selects “Wintergreen Route” as preferred
May 25 FOW sponsors Wintergreen member meeting
June 1 FOW hires experts, meetings started
Aug 6 FOW legally formed; 501c(3) filed
Sept 18 Dominion files 30,000 page application with FERC
Oct 23 FOW submits “Protest” to FERC
Dec 4 Dominion responds to FOW through FERC
4 FERC asks Dominion to evaluate 3 alternate routes
16 WPOA and Resort file joint “Protest” to FERC
21 IRS grants FOW 501c(3) status, retroactive
29 FOW submits vetted Alternate Routes to FERC
2016 May 16 FOW submits more detailed Alternate Routes to FERC
30 FOW sponsors Wintergreen member meeting
Aug 12 FERC sets calendar and deliverables for DEIS
26 FOW submits its evaluation of Dominion route analysis to FERC
Sept 12 FOW submits its evaluation of Dominion’s Spruce Creek Variation to FERC
Nov 22 FOW Comments on USFS requirements and steep slopes
Dec 30 FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement( Large File — 222 MB)
 2017 Feb 25 WPOA letter providing geological study and related issues
Mar 24 FOW Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
May 25 FOW Letter Regarding Dominion’s Lack of Responsiveness to Data Requests
29 FOW Sponsors Wintergreen member meeting
July 4 WPOA members overwhelmingly approve Covenant barring ACP on WPOA land
FERC issues Environmental Impact Statement
Wintergreen Owners Plan For Inverse Condemnation Lawsuit
Oct FERC decision
Nov Expected Eminent Domain Taking of WPOA Land (if approved by FERC)
Expected Legal Actions (if required)
Dec Construction begins (if approved)
2018 Construction continues (if approved)
2019 Dec Pipeline operational (if approved)

Official Filings

Friends of Wintergreen has already filed eight significant briefs with FERC demonstrating with hard data the adverse consequences of the pipeline on the Wintergreen area and some better route solutions.

Sept 18, 2015 – Dominion Initial Application

Oct 23, 2015 – FOW Intervention and Protest (with exhibits)

Dec 29, 2015 – FOW Motion for Leave to Answer Friends of Wintergreen

May 16, 2016 – FOW Motion Summarizing Less Damaging Routes (with exhibits)

Aug 26, 2016 – FOW Disputes Dominion Route Analysis and Seeks FERC Independent Evaluation

Sept 12, 2016 – FOW Comments on Spruce Creek Route Variation

Nov 22, 2016 — FOW Comments on USFS requirements and steep slopes

Dec 30, 2016 — FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement( Large File — 222 MB)

Feb 25, 2017 — WPOA letter providing geological study and related issues

Mar 24, 2017 — FOW Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement

May 25, 2017 — FOW Letter Regarding Dominion’s Lack of Responsiveness to Data Requests