Proposed Pipeline Threatens Virginia’s George Washington National Forest (GWNF) and Local Communities.
Sign here to say "NO!" to this destructive pipeline through the GWNF.
And if you haven't already, please sign the letter to ban fracking in the GWNF under the new Forest Management Plan (twice postponed but due out any day).
Dominion and partners have proposed building a $2 billion pipeline to carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia to Lumberton, North Carolina with a spur leading toward the Virginia coast. The pipeline, called the "Atlantic Coast Pipeline", would bisect the George Washington National Forest and chop a 100-foot wide clearcut across our forests.
The pipeline route cuts through national forest lands traversing areas of outstanding ecological integrity here in Virginia, including Camp Ridge, Sulfur Springs Hollow, Signal Corps Knob, and Brushy Mountain. The entire route west of Staunton in Augusta County slices through the Calfpasture/Jennings Branch watershed, wherein lies Staunton's primary drinking water intakes, reservoirs and headwaters.
Virginia has already made it clear that oil and gas extraction is not appropriate for the George Washington National Forest. A ban on fracking in the forest is supported by ten local governments adjacent to the forest and more than 70,000 Virginians. The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, which serves over 3 million people, also strongly opposes fracking activities in the GWNF.
Supporters recognize that fracking and pipelines threaten the unique and cherished resources on the George Washington National Forest – drinking water supplies, wildlife habitat, scenic values and outstanding opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, bike, ride or simply enjoy a remote and wild landscape.
A ban on fracking in the GWNF would ensure that the largest national forest in the East will remain a magnificent place enjoyed by more than one million visitors each year, while running a fracked natural gas pipeline through the GWNF puts more pressure on these forests as a site for inappropriate and oil and gas extraction.
Please help to ensure this special place is protected from this destructive pipeline plan, and thank you for supporting a ban on fracking in the GWNF.