Press Release

Va. air board issues misguided approval of gas compressor in African-American community

Today’s decision by the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board is “an affront to the citizens of the commonwealth and to the concept of environmental justice.”

Today Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved an air pollution permit for a natural gas compressor station that would power Dominion Energy’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The board’s approval came despite evidence presented at the board’s November 8 and 9 meetings showing that the industrial facility would have a disproportionate impact on the low-income community of Union Hill, which is comprised approximately of 85% African-American and was founded by the descendants of freed slaves.

Governor Ralph Northam’s two new appointees to the board, Gail Bush and Kajal Kapur, did not attend the meeting. The seventh member of the air board, Roy Hoagland, stated long ago that he would abstain from voting on the project, citing a conflict of interest.

Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices Virginia Program Manager:

“This vote serves as further proof that Dominion has bent Virginia’s government to its will. It is an affront to the citizens of the commonwealth and to the concept of environmental justice, which states that no community should bear a disproportionate burden from adverse environmental impacts. We stand in solidarity with Union Hill. This fight is far from over.”

CONTACT:
Cat McCue, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373

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