Letter: Chris Tandy, Loudoun Climate Project

Editor: Loudoun, for almost eight years people in this county have been working with environmental groups across Virginia to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Now, Senators Manchin and Schumer have apparently reached a cynical side deal to advance a fossil fuel “wish list” of Sen. Manchin’s that would fast track the MVP. The pipeline would increase Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 90 million tons, equivalent to 23 coal fired power plants each year. 

Since its original application for certificate of public convenience in 2015, MVP has racked up over 300 environmental violations with the Virginia DEQ and had key permits vacated in federal court. MVP’s impact on Virginians living near the route is extreme. It includes contamination of water resources, land disturbances such as landslides, and risk of methane leaks and explosions if the pipeline is ever put into service. 

This pipeline was nearly dead. It was out of options because MVP’s owners have no idea how to build the project through Virginia’s waterways, mountains, forests and karst geology in a way that complies with environmental regulation like the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. 

Virginia doesn’t owe Sen. Manchin anything. Senators Kaine and Warner should be vocally opposed to such an egregious subversion of foundational environmental policy and direct harm to their constituents. 

Contact Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and let them know that you oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Senator Manchin’s side deal. 

On Sept. 8, Appalachian resistance comes to DC. Join Loudoun Climate Project and frontline leaders to make clear that Virginia will not be a sacrifice zone. 

Info on the Sept. 8 is at tinyurl.com/nodirtydeal
Info on Loudoun Climate Projects work on MVP is at loudounclimate.org/mvp

No side deal, no sacrifice zones, no MVP. 

Chris Tandy, President & Co-Founder

Loudoun Climate Project

8 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Tandy, Loudoun Climate Project

  • 2022-09-01 at 5:37 pm
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    It cost me $884 dollars for the woke crowd to shut down pipelines that provide us with reasonable fuel prices. Tandy can jump in the Potomac at Great Falls.

  • 2022-09-01 at 6:18 pm
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    Interesting how you reference the pipeline increasing greenhouses gasses but where is the concern over our elected officials flying everywhere in private planes that create far more harm then commercial planes?

  • 2022-09-01 at 6:47 pm
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    I agree with Chris Tandy. The Mountain Valley Pipeline must be stopped. It’s very dangerous to our health & wellbeing. Thank goodness construction has been held in abeyance. But we musn’t let it resume. Even though the pipeline wouldn’t extend directly into Loudoun County, all Loudouners should oppose this public-health risk. On a brighter note, Happy Labor Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-09-02 at 8:43 am
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    Are you saying Manchin and Schumer are hypocrites? Are you saying Virginia is poorly represented in Congress and should vote against them as soon as we can? Are you saying that there is too much money in politics and they seem to all be for sale? If you are saying all three then I would have to agree with you but WHY THE SURPRISE?

  • 2022-09-02 at 11:59 am
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    Virginia’s two Yes Men senators are in on it Mr. Tandy. Either you already knew that, or your climate club should find somebody better versed in public policy making.

  • 2022-09-02 at 4:25 pm
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    Build the pipeline stop the incessant whining.
    Go green….go broke

  • 2022-09-02 at 8:11 pm
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    I wonder how Wexton would vote on this party line issue?

  • 2022-09-06 at 7:25 pm
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    Tandy can ride a horse to work. Give the rest of us the option to use our wonderful combustion engine cars and busses!

    Emissions have never been lower! Check your facts.

    The writer would have more credibility if he compared the carbon footprint of the making of electric car batteries vs a standard good ole combustion engine vehicle. Gas engines win hands down!!!

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