Some Virginians Want McAuliffe to Change Stance on Pipelines, Coal Ash Waste

Sep 21, 2016

A new poll released today by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, suggests that Virginians are not happy with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s stance on proposed fracked-gas pipelines and coal ash deposits by large power companies.

Dan Marrow’s home lies within 1,000 feet of a coal ash waste pond.

“The PH level in the water was so low that it was actually harmful, and at that point we realized it was like acid; it was eating the pipes up out of our house, it was eating the hair off of my children’s heads. I found myself in a real tough situation.”

Marrow, and other concerned citizens like him, are calling on Governor Terry McAuliffe to change his stance on proposed gas pipelines like the Mountain Valley Pipeline and introduce stronger regulations on the disposal of coal ash waste.

A new poll released today from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Cromer Group suggests that citizens like Marrow are not alone. Mike Tidwell is the networks’s director:

“Only 28% of respondents say that they support the governor’s plan to build pipelines for fracked gas. Only 14% say the governor should support Dominion’s approach to handling coal ash waste. 71% think that the state should follow the Carolinas and Georgia on this issue.”

Credit Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Georgia and the Carolinas currently have sanctions in place that protect waterways from the release of toxic coal ash, while New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo recently blocked a fracked-gas pipeline over concerns of water pollutants.

But providers of the pipelines say they’ll keep energy costs down for consumers.