The Feb. 26 Daily Progress story “Dominion to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline appeal” (online) compounded my frustration with our regional energy utility.
It is disappointing that Dominion potentially is subjecting Virginia to endless lawsuits and that it promises to pursue “legislative and administrative options” in its attempt to push the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through our region to accommodate construction of fracked-gas infrastructure.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Appalachian Trail and the national forests shouldn’t be plowed up. This ruling demonstrates great wisdom, especially in light of the disastrous environmental consequences born of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which currently faces a lawsuit by the Virginia attorney general for allegedly violating environmental regulations over 300 times during its construction.
Sadly, construction of the MVP continues unabated despite criminal investigations. Despite the 4th Circuit Court decision, Dominion plans to begin building in Buckingham County, including a controversial compressor station. It also plans to start work by the end of this year on a 70-mile spur to serve Hampton Roads.
It seems the lesson Dominion has learned from the MVP has been to build fast and furious and then deal with public outrage with its army of lawyers, rather than to acknowledge to shareholders and community stakeholders that the entire project was ill-conceived from the start.
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