(RICHMOND, VA)—Today the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board postponed until December a vote on a permit for the Buckingham natural gas compressor station linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Litigation Jon Mueller issued the following statement.
"We appreciate the Board's careful analysis of the permit for this compressor station. In particular, it's encouraging that they are seriously considering the many environmental justice concerns surrounding the site. When the Board reconvenes in December, they must take these significant issues into account and vote against permitting the proposed compressor station in Union Hill.
"This facility would add thousands of pounds of new pollution to the James River and Chesapeake Bay by pumping massive amounts of nitrogen oxide into the air, which falls back onto the land and water.
"It's also an environmental justice question. Homes are just yards away from the site, and minority residents would face serious health threats. There is no reason why such a large and dangerous facility is needed in Buckingham."