Dominion and McAuliffe Administration Agreement Shows Need for Northam to Protect Virginians

WASHINGTON – News reports today show that in late December 2017 the McAuliffe administration in Virginia signed a private memorandum with backers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, including Dominion Energy, that seeks up-front payment of $58 million for potential damages from the pipeline.

The following is a statement from Amy Mall, senior policy analyst in the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"This disappointing agreement with Dominion foreshadows the extensive damage the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will inflict on Virginia’s waterways, threatening public health and valuable fisheries.

"Gov. Northam now has the chance to correct the flawed water impact review of the previous administration. He must conduct a real – and public – review of the true potential damage Dominion's pipeline poses for Virginia. In so doing, Gov. Northam would put the interests of all Virginians first, not just the profits of Dominion."

The Memorandum of Agreement is here:


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