I am opposed to the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would carry fracked gas. I ask you to re-evaluate this pipeline and do everything you can to stop it.
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My concerns regarding the pipeline include:
Environmental Impacts: Pipelines require a clear-cut the size of interstate highways, and would run through communities, farms, woodlands, streams and wetlands. The environmental destruction is huge, including harm to watersheds and water quality; damage to endangered and threatened species; disturbance of many unsuitable areas such as erosion-prone steep slopes, seeps, and springs; and extreme disruption of many pristine and native trout streams, wetlands and riparian areas, though bedrock dynamiting and excavation.
Those environmental impacts include the long-term detrimental impacts on plant and animal life, especially on the approximately 200 species already known to be endangered, threatened, rare, or declining in the George Washington National Forest with passage through Inventoried Roadless Areas and Special Biological Areas in the National Forest, including passage through "Biodiversity Hot Spots" and "Outstanding Ecological Cores".
The pipeline would expand demand for natural gas which would mean more use of destructive fracking practices in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and potentially in Virginia and North Carolina. Additionally, reliance on fracking and natural gas means more released methane, a potent greenhouse gas that would worsen climate change. We need to be moving away from reliance on fossil fuels, not increasing our dependence on them.
Recreation Impacts: The pipelines would also impact the nationally known and highly popular recreational features including the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Eastern Trail, and the iconic Appalachian Trail.
Public Safety: LNG pipelines often leak and can explode. Running pipelines through karst topography and mountainous terrain puts our communities at severe risk. Building pipelines through mountainous terrain carries additional risk of landslides and erosion.
Property Rights: These projects are not in the public interest, and it is wrong to allow private businesses to use the extraordinary power of eminent domain to condemn family farms and homes.
Once again, I urge you to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.