FERC Is Gambling With Virginia’s Future On Behalf Of Big Energy

October 18, 2019

Richmond, VA– The Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) approved Williams Company’s dangerous Transcontinental Southeastern Trail Expansion Project. This news comes despite the fact that FERC failed to do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), neglecting their responsibility to do a thorough review.

In response, Food & Water Action Virginia Organizer Jolene Mafnas said:

“We are disappointed but not shocked that FERC has rubber-stamped yet another pipeline despite the widespread outrage and grave environmental violations behind the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. FERC has carelessly given approval to another hazardous pipeline project that Virginia doesn’t need.

“Williams Company, the operator of the Transco pipeline which is one of the longest pipelines in the country, has historically acted recklessly with multiple pipelines and even caused a severe explosion in Appomattox, Virginia. With this decision, it’s clear FERC is willing to risk it all for industry profit at the expense of safe water, clean air, and a habitable climate in Northern Virginia where the pipeline will be built.

“Given impending climate disaster that will mean irreversible effects like droughts, extreme flooding, and high sea-level rise, we demand Governor Northam and the rest of our elected officials oppose all state permits for Transco and enact a fossil-fuel moratorium on new and pending projects. It’s imperative to Virginians’ safety.”


The Williams Company’s Transcontinental Southeastern Trail Expansion Project would lay down a new pipeline along the existing line called the Manassas Loop. It will cross through Fauquier and Prince William counties increasing the risk of explosions, dangerous leaks and spills to nearby communities and threaten a groundwater well that acts as a local elementary school’s water source. On top of that, Williams will increase the horsepower of three Virginian compressor stations which will result in the release of more climate and health-harming pollutants to nearby communities. Science has shown we need to shift our energy grids to run on 100% clean renewable energy by 2035 in order to avoid a complete climate disaster.

Contact: Jolene Mafnas, (202) 683-4980, [email protected]