For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHMOND – Today, the Air Pollution Control Board voted 3-1 to allow another round of public comment on Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, which if built, would disproportionately impact the historic African American community of Union Hill. The new comment period will allow concerned citizens to weigh in on new information that came to light following the board’s contentious November hearing.
In response, Michael Town, executive director of Virginia LCV, issued the following statement:
“While we had held out hope the citizens of Union Hill would be celebrating the defeat of Dominion’s compressor station today, the Air Board’s decision to hear more public input on a project with such clear environmental justice impacts is a positive step forward in this fight.
Time after time, Dominion has put its profits before people. No example is more glaring than the electric monopoly’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which isn’t needed and will destroy our environment and communities’ way of life along the route for the benefit of Dominion shareholders.
With traction behind this project slipping, Dominion is no doubt already scheming ahead to a ‘Plan B.’ But the days where this corrupt utility can ram through policies and projects that hurt Virginians and our environment are numbered – it’s time for them to see the writing on the wall, and my hope is the Air Board’s final vote on this project will make that painfully clear.”
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters serves as the political voice of the state’s conservation community, working to make sure Virginia’s elected officials recognize that our natural heritage is an environmental and economic treasure for all. Virginia LCV works with conservation leaders across Virginia and strives for a conservation majority in state government. We secure good public policies on the state level and hold public officials accountable for their positions on environmental issues. For more information, visit www.valcv.org.