Buck the Buckingham compressor station!


Attend the next Air Pollution Control Board Meeting!

The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board may approve or deny the air permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Union Hill, Buckingham County.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian, James River Parlor G/H, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23235

Check back in for more information in the coming days. In the meantime, look over the agenda and rules for the Air Board meeting and please RSVP if you plan to attend the Jan. 8 meeting.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, tell the Air Pollution Control Board: No pipeline compressor station in historic Union Hill!

RSVP to attend

Dominion Energy wants to build a massive fracked gas compressor station for its Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the historic African-American community of Union Hill in Buckingham County, Va.

The giant 54,000 horsepower compressor station would run 24/7, creating toxic air emissions and near-constant noise pollution and harming the health and well-being of nearby communities.

Dominion needs an air pollution permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in order to build the compressor station. Over the summer, hundreds of Virginians sent in comments and concerns about the draft air permit. Now, the DEQ will present its recommendation and a summary of all our comments to the Air Pollution Control Board whose members will decide whether to approve or deny the permit.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

On Nov. 8 and 9, the air board listened to the pubic and deliberated on whether to approve or deny the air permit, raising particular concerns about environmental justice impacts to the surrounding Union Hill community and the site suitability of the compressor station. Instead of taking a vote, the board unanimously approved a motion to delay their decision to a Dec. 10 December meeting to give themselves more time to review the information.

As the proceedings from the Nov. 8 and 9 meeting put Dominion Energy’s compressor station permit in doubt, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam moved to change personnel on the board before its final vote. Despite opposition from the environmental community, Governor Northam ensured the new Air Board members would be sworn in but also said the new board members would not be seated until after a decision has been made on the air permit.

When the four sitting Air Board members met in December, they decided to hold an additional minimum comment period for the public to give input on additional materials that were sent in to the DEQ about Union Hill’s standing as an environmental justice community and site suitability for the proposed compressor station. Shortly thereafter, the DEQ announced that the 10-day comment period (the legal minimum for a comment period) would start Dec. 21 and last till Jan 4 at midnight, right over the holidays.


Steps you can take to support Union Hill:

Sign the petition!

Call the Governor today at 804-786-2211 and tell him that:

  • You are profoundly disappointed by his unacceptable decision
  • Changing the air board membership shortly before a final vote on the Buckingham compressor station is a transparent giveaway to support Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline
  • These personnel changes appear to put corporate interests above the public interest

Tweet about this important effort!
Take a selfie and tweet it, explaining why you don’t want any more fossil fuel development, but investment in renewables right now. Remember to use the hashtag #WeAreAllUnionHill and tag @AppalachianVoices, @GovernorVA, and @DominionEnergy.