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Richmond, Virginia: Protests Against Agency Which Granted Tree Cutting Rights For Oil Pipeline

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted a request by the Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline to begin cutting down trees . Protest began December 2, 2017, around capitol square Richmond.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday January 22, 2018, 2:42 pm
In a letter Friday, Dave Swearingen, a FERC official, gave the green light to cutting down the trees using handheld equipment such as chainsaws. The approval is limited to spots where easements have been obtained for land access, where surveys have been completed and where no additional state or local permits are required for the activity.

“Contractors may only cross wetlands and water bodies on foot. Trees and vegetation may be felled at or above ground level and must use methods that will not rut soils or damage root systems and be felled in a way that avoids obstruction of flow, rutting, and sedimentation of wetlands and water bodies,” the order says. “Felled trees and woody and other vegetation debris shall be left in place until further authorization for any earth-disturbing activities is granted by the FERC.”

Workers will be required to inspect the construction area for raptor nests before cutting down trees between Jan. 1 and March 31 and must create a “100-foot no-activity buffer until the nest is no longer active” if they find one. Dominion is also required to notify state agencies, including the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, before tree-cutting starts, and maintain a 50-foot buffer between water body and wetland areas and where the cutting will happen.

These raptors are endangered. This swarth of tree cutting will extend for 600 miles in Virginia and West Virginia.

Right on for the hearty protestors.

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Animae C (507)
Monday January 22, 2018, 3:17 pm
How absolutely despicable!!!!!
BRAVO to the demonstrators, i wish them all the luck in the world!!!

TY Fiona

Colleen L (3)
Monday January 22, 2018, 7:38 pm
Despicable indeed. More power to the demonstrators. Thanks Fiona.

Patrice Z (16)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 12:47 am
Resistance with persistence! Thanks for sharing.

Melania P (123)
Tuesday January 23, 2018, 10:46 am
So sad and frustrating :-(
I wish the demonstrators and all against this oil pipeline the best!

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 1:26 pm
Very frustrating that anyone thinks these pipelines are safe. The trees are far more important than the pipelines, plus the wetlands are irreplaceable. Thanks for the post, Fiona. Let's hope the demonstrators prevail.

Anne K (139)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 4:57 pm
Depressing and frustrating. Thanks for posting, Fiona.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 5:04 pm
Thank you, Fiona.


Janis K (129)
Wednesday January 24, 2018, 7:26 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Mike M (40)
Thursday January 25, 2018, 6:15 am
Lets hope hey stop this BS before they destroy the tress and endanger wildlife and humans

S J (130)
Friday January 26, 2018, 3:48 am
Noted with hope it can be stopped. I send my heart to support the fight. Meows meow Fiona

Richard A (2)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 6:56 pm
Thank you.
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