October 13, 2017

Lorne Stockman,, 540-679-1097
Collin Rees,, 308-293-3159

Oil Change International responds to FERC gas pipeline approvals

Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines face massive local opposition

Today, on a Friday evening at 7:00 PM, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Both projects were approved by a vote of 2 to 1, with Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur issuing dissenting statements for both approvals.

In response, Lorne Stockman, Senior Analyst with Oil Change International, released the following statement:

“In spite of FERC’s irresponsible action, these fracked gas pipelines still face massive opposition in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. FERC cannot sneak these mega-projects past the hundreds of communities in their path in the dead of night.

“Oil Change International and the many groups fighting these pipelines have documented the extensive damage these projects will do. Both projects are bad deals for ratepayers, and huge threats to our mountains, rivers, farms, and local economies. They threaten our climate and disproportionately impact our low-income and minority communities. FERC has ignored all the evidence and certified these destructive projects as ‘convenient and necessary’ – when in fact they are neither.

“There is no public convenience or necessity associated with either of these pipelines, and the only people they serve is shareholders. No assessment of actual need has been conducted for either of them, as noted by Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur in her rarely-seen dissent opposing today’s approvals. Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley will cause irreparable harm to our climate, and to the communities and environment along their routes.

“Despite the certificates granted today, these fights are far from over. The responsibility to protect the climate, ratepayer interests, and the precious water in these states now rests squarely on the shoulders of Governors Terry McAuliffe, Roy Cooper, and Jim Justice. We will join our partners and communities in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia to increase pressure for the rejection of 401 water permits in these states and stop these reckless pipelines.”


Notes to Editors:

For more information on the risks of these gas pipelines, see the following reports from Oil Change International:

FERC’s approval documents can be found here:

FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s dissenting statements can be found here: