Hear from a leader of the fight against the proposed Mountain Valley (fracked gas) Pipeline in WV/VA and get a report from activists who have been campaigning to transform the federal agency that’s been approving interstate fossil fuel projects.
Beyond Extreme Energy wants to convert the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) into the Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC).
On the third Thursday of every month the FERC meets to decide on which new interstate fossil fuel projects will be granted approval. Beyond Extreme Energy participants monitor the monthly meetings of the FERC, speak out against expansion of the fossil fuel infrastructure, and report in a monthly online gathering.
At their January meeting, community activist Maury Johnson will report on the current state of the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. MVP is a 303 mile proposed fracked gas pipeline that has faced enormous legal and community resistance.
Since 2017 there have been 56 civil actions brought to court in Virginia alone. NuXEmerous tree sits, lockdowns, and direct actions have halted construction. While the project is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, they have recently won key water crossing permits that spell disaster for the nearly 1,000 stream crossings in the path of the pipeline. Further appeals and lawsuits are pending.
BXE will also be giving a FERC 2021 Year in Review. Since Biden appointed Richard Glick chair of FERC, there seems to have been a progressive turn within the regulatory agency. More attention has been paid to environmental justice, the creation of the Office of Public Participation, and the downstream impacts of carbon emissions from proposed energy projects. However, has FERC delivered on these promises or simply tweaked their broken processes?
Thursday, January 20, 2 PM