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Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM, USA
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Saturday, April 22 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
215 - Evaluation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) makes its final decision to approve a pipeline, it issues a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This is the opportunity for landowners and others to point out the strengths and weaknesses of the document. The DEIS for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline contains many assumptions that gloss over or ignore facts.  The procedure used by FERC allows the energy industry to push ahead before meeting all the requirements. FERC and the industry have a system that has resulted in approvals for all but one pipeline since it was created.  Throughout the FERC approval process landowners are disadvantaged.  Changes are needed to make the process fair and ensure that eminent domain is used as intended, only for public benefit.

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Irene Leech

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Irene Leech is the current President of ACCI, 2016-17. She teaches consumer studies and advises undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. Earlier in her career I worked in Cooperative Extension for about 15 years. Currently, I am serving as president of ACCI and I have been a me... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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