Highland Supervisors Respond To ACP DEIS

The Highland County Board of Supervisors has weighed in on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project with a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a comment on the  Draft Environmental Impact statement. The letter takes Dominion Energy to task on failing to adequately address the Board’s ongoing concerns about adverse impact to groundwater sources and protection for endangered species. The full text of the letter can be found as an attachment to this story on our website, however the gist can be summed up in this paragraph.

“The Highland Board of Supervisors has remained neutral on the ACP. However, we were alarmed to read of the March 2017 decision by a U.S. District Judge in Virginia, who found that Dominion Virginia Power violated the Clean Water Act by leaking arsenic into waters surrounding a coal ash storage area. Our small county cannot and should not have to rely on Dominion’s “good will” where the ACP is concerned. Hard facts must be demanded by FERC.”

04-06-17 Highland Supervisors Response To ACP Environmental Impact Statement

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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