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Today, Friends of Wintergreen, Wintergreen Property Owners Association, and the Fairway Woods Homeowners Condominium Association jointly responded to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s defense of the $7.5 B Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Wintergreen plaintiffs are challenging FERC’s order to approve the project, saying FERC was “arbitrary and capricious” in its approval and did not consider several critical factors, such as community safety issues. The next step in the process will be oral arguments before the 5th Circuit Federal Court or a decision. See filing here.
Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) submitted a brief in US Federal Court defending its decision to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In April FERC’s approval was challenged in court in a lawsuit initiated by Wintergreen (a collaboration of Friends of Wintergreen, Wintergreen Property Owners Association, and the Fairway Woods Homeowners Condominium Association) and several other plaintiffs. Wintergreen claims FERC’s approval of Dominion Energy’s $7.5 B pipeline project was “arbitrary and capricious” and did not consider several critical factors, such as community safety issues. Wintergreen will have an opportunity to respond to FERC’s arguments next month. See FERC’s full filing here.
Today, Friends of Wintergreen teamed up with the Wintergreen Property Owners Association and the Fairway Woods Homeowners Condominium Association to jointly sue the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the DC US Court of Appeals. The Wintergreen plaintiffs are challenging FERC’s order to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. See filing here.
August 20, 2018: Friends of Wintergreen sent an extensive analysis to the National Park Service informing the agency that Atlantic Coast Pipeline will have a significant negative impact on Wintergreen viewsheds.
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.