In a letter Friday, Dave Swearingen, a FERC official, gave the green light to cutting down the trees using handheld equipment such as chain saws in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. According to Dominion Energy spokesperson Aaron Ruby, the approval allows them to begin limited tree felling and vegetation clearing in the areas planned for pipeline construction.
“This work will only be done on properties where we’ve reached agreements with landowners” Ruby said.
We ask, what about those who oppose? This project is in legal battles at all levels. Across this country, pipeline companies begin work well before “All the Details” are in. Land owners are being forced from their properties, waters not being protected, complete cities are trying to stop some pipelines and they continue work. At times, environmental emergency forms and EIS studies are not complete.
In general, once the Federal agency, “FERC” says ok, pipeline companies start work. There have been toxic spills during installs, massive property owners in opposition, court cases in the hundreds and you say, “Go ahead until we figure it out.”
Sounds to me like you already figured it out.
Maybe I’m just mad that my deck got a “Stop Work” order. 8″ too big.
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Update / The next day.