Target: Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe
Goal: Stop construction of a gas pipeline through the largest national forest in the eastern United States
The construction of a gas pipeline threatens 13 miles of Virginia’s George Washington National Forest as well as the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, Allegheny Mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley. Clear-cutting for the construction of pipeline will devastate natural woodlands and once the line is in place, it threatens the area’s water supply by the risk of a leak. Help protect this pristine area of Virginia.
Although still in the planning stage and yet to meet approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), this issue meets opposition by locals not only in Virginia but all along the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Known as the Southeast Reliability Project, this 550-mile pipeline will run from West Virginia to North Carolina and carry a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day. Dominion, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy, and AGL Resources predict this project will cost $5 billion, money that could go toward a renewable energy source. With 77 significant gas pipeline incidents a year in the United States, this coveted area is threatened for destruction, damaging habitat and costing millions in cleanup.
The ACP pipeline is not the first time the George Washington National Forest was approached by gas companies. This protected place has also battled against invasive fracking techniques. Locals now worry this proposed pipeline might lead to more fracking propositions. In a year, the George Washington National Forest boasts $13.6 billion, employs 130,000 people, and hosts a million visitors, as well as protects an environment that supplies to vital watersheds.
Please urge Governor Terry McAuliffe to oppose the construction of the gas industry’s new pipeline through the George Washington National Forest.
Dear Governor McAuliffe,
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, proposed by the gas company Dominion, threatens Virginia’s beautiful and cherished George Washington National Forest. Boasting the biggest forest on the east coast, this area supports wildlife, tourists, locals, and watersheds. Four million people rely on the drinking water originating from the streams and rivers in George Washington National Forest.
Please take action to protect this land from destructive clear-cutting and a devastating and expensive gas leak cleanup. The citizens and wildlife that rely on this area are all at stake.
[Your Name Here]
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