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Monogamous and territorial – my common traits with woodpeckers

Photo by Mark Moschell/Flickr

Living in Virginia, it’s easy to take the Blue Ridge Mountains for granted. But if you pay attention, there’s a mystery to them that many don’t appreciate — including the companies who want to build natural gas pipelines through them.


Groups blast FERC findings on Mountain Valley Pipeline for fracked gas

Contact information for those quoted provided below. A coalition of landowners and advocacy organizations today condemned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for disregarding the profound and long-lasting human and environmental trauma the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) would cause.


Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.


Retired Miners Face Possible Loss of Benefits

Retired coal miners face possible loss of benefits, a Duke University study reveals coal ash byproducts in area fish, The U.S. State Department approves the Keystone XL pipeline and other shorts from The Energy Report.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline backers head to North Carolina

Lisa Sorg

While North Carolina is rightfully focused on the coal ash scandal, another environmental tug-of-war is strengthening in some of the state’s poorest areas. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cut 170 miles through eastern N.C. where a quarter to a third of people live in poverty. And this is precisely why these types of projects are placed in low-income communities: to reduce the chance of resistance.


Groups force strong pollution controls on Virginia gas plant

Contact: Evan Johns, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, 434-738-186, Hannah Wiegard, Appalachian Voices, 804-536-5598, Ben Weiner, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, 804-225-9113 Ex. 1002, RICHMOND, Virginia – In response to extensive comments from citizens and conservation groups, the Virginia Department


Re-route of fracked gas pipeline threatens new areas of Va., West Va.

Contact: Ben Luckett, Staff Attorney, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, 304-645-0125 Hannah Wiegard, Appalachian Voices,, 804-536-5598 Drew Gallagher, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Kirk Bowers, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Dominion Energy announced plans today to re-route the proposed


Prayers not pipelines


Jill Averitt lives in Central Virginia with her extended family on a patch of land where collectively they are raising seven children, lots of vegetables–and in the past year, a ruckus over Dominion’s plans to run a massive fracked gas pipeline right through that land. She created the “Prayers Not Pipelines” project as a powerful way to connect with her neighbors, and to protect her home and community.


30 Groups Demand Single FERC Study of Fracked-Gas Pipelines

Contacts: Joe Lovett, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, 304-645-9006, Joanna Salidis, Friends of Nelson, 434-242-5859, Tammy Belinsky, Preserve Craig, 540-874-5798, Kirk Bowers, Sierra Club, 434-296 8673, Hannah Wiegard, Appalachian Voices, 434-293-6373, Monique Sullivan, Chesapeake Climate Action Network,


“MVP” is not a most valued project

tinabadgercroppedOpposition is mounting to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry highly pressurized natural gas for 300 miles through farms and forests from W.Va. to Va. Several counties have taken action to oppose or question the project, and citizens all along the route are making their voices heard. Guest blogger Tina Badger is one.