skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Coalition: Pipeline Route Poses Landslide Risk

play audio
Play

Monday, January 2, 2017   

RICHMOND, Va. -- Federal regulators are taking a favorable view of the huge Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But research by a citizen group has found that they are largely ignoring the risk of landslides.

Three quarters of the pipeline's West Virginia path and nearly 30 percent of its path in Virginia crosses steep and eroding terrain where the ground is likely to give way in places, according to the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition. Malcolm Cameron, who was a long-time engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation and is now coordinator of geo-hazards with the coalition, said geologists have mapped thousands of past landslides near the pipeline's route.

"Once it's completed, they’re going to be in some very vulnerable locations, which can actually impact the structure of the pipe itself,” Cameron said. “And that speaks to the safety to the public."

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has so far largely accepted Dominion Energy's argument that it can avoid problems building on the mountainous and unstable rock and soil. Dominion has said it will use "best in class" construction and mitigation techniques.

But Cameron said that when he was working on highway projects, he saw muddy runoff when vegetation was stripped away and heavy equipment was run over the bare ground. But maybe more importantly, studies have documented more than 10,000 past landslides along the route - which, he said, suggests the ground is not stable.

The Forest Service found 48 landslides after last summer's floods, Cameron said. And the U.S. Geological Survey mapped nearly 4,000 in one Virginia county as the result of a single storm in 1969.

"They documented 3,800 of those slides in Nelson County from Hurricane Camille,” Cameron said.

According to Cameron, FERC is taking Dominion's promises of smart construction and mitigation on faith. He said as things are going now, no one will have a chance to challenge the company until it already has the permit to start work.

"None of this would happen until after FERC issues the approval for the pipeline,” Cameron said. “So there would be no real opportunity for citizen review and comment."

The pipeline is estimated to cost $5 billion and will cross 600 miles, taking Marcellus and Utica gas to markets in eastern Virginia and the Carolinas.




get more stories like this via email

more stories
Workers can file safety or heat-related complaints at the Cal/OSHA office nearest their work site or by calling 866-924-9757. (Sculpies/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California has shattered heat records left and right this month and temperatures are forecast to be 10 degrees above normal this weekend, so the …


Environment

play sound

Ohio will receive more than $32 million in federal funding to help revive auto manufacturing and jobs in the state, specifically electric vehicle …

Environment

play sound

A court is soon expected to decide a Wyoming case between hunters and landowners which could affect public land access. When a group from Missouri …


Experts say addiction treatment outcomes are much better when a health care provider speaks the language and understands the culture of the patient. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

More than 85,000 people are admitted each year in New Jersey to treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction, and experts say language can be a …

Environment

play sound

Massachusetts will receive close to $1 billion in federal funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges. Lawmakers said it is the largest single bridge …

Researchers said children who live in poverty lose an additional two months of reading skills over the summer, with a lack of proper nutrition serving as a key factor. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Some North Dakota leaders believe healthy food is part of what is needed to help all kids achieve better outcomes and they hope low-income families si…

Health and Wellness

play sound

In the past year, the Colorado AgrAbility Project added four behavioral health specialists to help the state's agricultural producers, workers and …

Social Issues

play sound

The nonprofit Este Poder has a goal of helping more young people of color in rural east Texas exercise their right to vote. The organization holds …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021