…are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, farmers and landowners, small and large business owners, veterans, health care providers, senior citizens, retirees, taxpayers, teachers, students, property rights advocates, environmentalists, restaurateurs, civil servants, church goers, republicans, democrats, voters, hunters, anglers, hikers, bikers, birders, artists, musicians, and members of communities large and small. As proud citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia we have a right to be heard and to have input into decisions pertaining to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).
We therefore respectfully and collectively call on Dominion Resources, Inc., our local, state, and federal representatives, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and all other local, state, and federal decision making bodies to slow the approval process down in order to more fully, thoughtfully, and transparently assess the pros and cons of the ACP, taking into consideration the following:
- Do we already have sufficient pipeline capacity to meet energy demands in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina?
- What are other energy efficiencies and alternatives to consider, such as solar and wind?
- Are the routes being proposed by Dominion the least disruptive routes to the states, our farmlands, our communities, and to the well-being of its citizens?
- What are the short-term and long-term safety and economic impacts on our forests, farmlands, water, schools, and communities?
- Is the use of eminent domain (“taking” of private land) by a for-profit corporation at the expense of the rights of its citizens to possess property and pursue life, liberty, and happiness considered constitutional?
- Should there be a better assessment of the jobs to be gained in the short and long term and whether other energy resource projects might provide an equal number (or more) of jobs?
- Is there a more comprehensive way to examine safety considerations, including the ramifications of leaks and explosions, the potential threat of terrorism and the question of why newer pipelines are failing at a faster rate than older pipelines?