Today my Mom would have turned 100. She was the light of my life.
Born Phyllis Eugenia Cahen in 1920, she was a vibrant woman with a big smile, full of life and boundless energy. She grew up in the five towns area of Long Island, New York, descended from German Jewish immigrants who came to these shores in the 1840’s and 1850’s. …
This article was co-authored with Karen Campblin and Lee Williams, Co-Directors of Green New Deal Virginia. You can learn more about the Green New Deal Virginia coalition at greennewdealva.com.
In November, voters across the Commonwealth of Virginia made their voices heard, resulting in a historic shift in power in the State House in Richmond. As a result, Virginia has the opportunity to make meaningful progress addressing the intersecting crises of climate change and inequity.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continues to warn that we have less than eleven years to avoid the most severe consequences of global warming. Greta Thunberg and the school strike movement have reiterated the message that we are in a climate emergency and we need to act like it. The most urgent and pressing consequences that we face disproportionately burden communities of color, Indigenous peoples, low-income and other marginalized communities. …
This Veterans Day, I pay tribute to generations of my family who fought bravely for this country.
My great grand uncle, Julius Cahen, was a Civil War veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1862 — three years after arriving in this country as an immigrant from Germany. Julius participated in the historic Battle of the Ironclads in Hampton Roads . He fought to end slavery.
This morning, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)’s challenge to a ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, prohibiting the ACP from crossing the Appalachian Trail on federal land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
The two consolidated cases are known as U.S. Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Association and Atlantic Coast Pipeline v. Cowpasture River Association.
Never mind that the Forest Service has never granted such a permit, because federal law clearly prohibits it from doing so.
Never mind that, as the Southern Environmental Law Center pointed out in its briefs the Fourth Circuit decision was based on four different grounds and thus any decision by the Supreme Court would not have any practical effect on whether the pipeline gets built on its preferred route. That means that a Supreme Court decision would be no more than an “advisory opinion,” which federal courts are prohibited from issuing. …
Don’t look away. Look closely.
This is a crime scene photo. And the criminal is hiding in plain view.
Last week, we learned that Mountain Valley Pipeline destroyed a steep mountain slope in West Virginia, causing a landslide that has made at least one home uninhabitable. The situation has been going on since at least April. And it is getting worse.
The revelation came in a variance request MVP filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 29. Ten days later, the situation had gotten much worse. On August 8, MVP sent a letter to FERC in which it admitted that for three months it had tried and failed to stop the land from moving. …
The latest outrage from Mountain Valley Pipeline is almost beyond belief.
In July, this bloated corporate criminal — MVP is under criminal investigation by the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Roanoke — sent out a crew to survey a portion of the pipeline route in West Virginia. Among other things, they were looking for endangered species.
The MVP surveyors were unable to do their work, however, because the pipeline route was too dangerous for them.
Dangerous, as in it was in imminent danger of a landslide.
In a July filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, MVP admitted:
“MVP attempted to conduct stream and wetland delineations, cultural resource, and rare, threatened, and endangered species surveys. Due to the instability of the slip, surveys were limited.” …
In another stunning defeat for Mountain Valley Pipeline, a federal district court judge has denied the pipeline company’s request for an order removing tree sitters in southwest Virginia.
Judge Elizabeth Dillon, in a fourteen page opinion, ruled that MVP had no right to add the tree sitters — who have been occupying trees in Elliston, Virginia for almost one year — as parties to an eminent domain case against the owners of the land on which the trees are located. Dillon noted that there was no evidence that the landowners were acting in concert with the tree sitters. …
Mountain Valley Pipeline is working at breakneck speed to finish its destructive path through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia.
Never mind that the courts have thrown out multiple federal permits that normally are required before pipeline projects are allowed to proceed.
Never mind that Mountain Valley is billions of dollars over budget, years behind schedule and unable to ever go in service because a federal court ruling blocks it from crossing the Appalachian Trail.
Never mind that the company is under criminal investigation by the United States Attorney’s office in Roanoke for violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. …
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has just thrown out another federal permit for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
In a crushing and unanimous 50-page decision, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit vacated the Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement, which had given Dominion permission to construct the pipeline despite the threatened harm to four endangered species along the route.
This is just the latest blow to Dominion’s $8 billion corporate boondoggle. …
For more than four years, the pipeline resistance movement has organized across Virginia, building momentum to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. From rallies in Richmond, to tree sits across Southwest Virginia, to press conferences of elected officials and in hundreds of other actions large and small, the movement has drawn state and national attention to the damage to our water, land and air that these unnecessary $12 billion investments would bring to Virginia.
Along the way, the movement has won a string of victories in the courts, bringing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to a halt and stalling completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline until at least 2020. Both projects are years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, leading Wall Street analysts to openly worry that they never will be completed. The former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, has come to Virginia to denounce the “reckless, racist ripoff” that is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and he was joined by Rev. William Barber II in a huge rally to bring attention to the environmental racism at the heart of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — a proposed compressor station in the heart of the historic African American community of Union Hill. …