(RICHMOND, VA)—Today the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved 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.
"Air Board approval of this compressor station permit is disappointing to say the least, placing at risk clean air, clean water, and minority communities in Buckingham County.
"We're concerned that the Board did not appear to understand the significance of the many environmental justice issues presented by this compressor station for the people of Union Hill. The facility would threaten the health of dozens of nearby low-income households where residents already suffer from preexisting health conditions.
"In the face of this setback we remain steadfast in our efforts to protect the environment and local communities from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and will consider all appropriate next steps."