State Water Control Board vote slows ACP timeline, but pipeline threat remains

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Lee Francis | Communications Manager
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


RICHMOND – Today, the State Water Control Board voted 4-3 to approve amended water quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, pending completion of further environmental compliance plans by Dominion, a decision that slows down the timeline of this flawed project, but allows it to proceed, nonetheless.

In response, Lee Francis, communications manager for Virginia LCV, released the following statement:

“While this outcome buys us time, it’s still far from the end result for clean water we wanted – a flawed application that didn’t include required details outlining how Dominion planned to mitigate water pollution from its unnecessary pipeline shouldn’t have even gotten a hearing in the first place. It’s at least a promising sign that regulators sent Dominion back to the drawing board.”

“In the meantime, as we head toward the 2018 General Assembly and a new administration in Virginia, we’ll work closely with our lawmakers and Governor Northam to ensure the strongest oversight of this project possible while pushing for even more stringent safeguards to protect our waterways from projects like the ACP.”


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