Updated: VOF goes to bat for conservation on several electric transmission projects

As utility companies expand and upgrade Virginia’s electrical grid, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation has been involved in the review of upgrade projects to determine and mitigate any potential impacts to existing VOF open-space easements. In several recent cases, VOF has helped to influence the eventual design of a project to reduce and minimize impacts to […]

VOF trustees approve ACP and MVP conversion applications at Oct. 16 public meeting

At a special public meeting in Richmond on October 16, 2017, the board of trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation unanimously approved applications for “conversion of open space” by two natural gas pipeline developers that propose to cross 11 VOF open-space easements in five counties. VOF first learned about the two pipelines in 2014. The Atlantic Coast […]

Updated: Special board meeting scheduled to complete review of pipeline conversion applications

Update: Both Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline have submitted revised conversion applications, which they describe as reducing the overall proposed impact to VOF easements. The revised applications, along with VOF’s staff reports, may be downloaded from the October 16 meeting page on our calendar. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has scheduled a special […]

VOF defers decision on MVP conversion application, supports FERC recommendation on access road

Update (7/26/2017): On July, 21 2017 MVP, LLC submitted an appeal to FERC on condition #16 of the FEIS, which would have required MVP, LLC to avoid the access road MVP-RO-279.01 on the VOF easement referenced below. VOF staff will continue to work with our Board of Trustees on the appropriate next steps. At its […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline applies for conversion on Roanoke County easement

The developer of a proposed 42-inch natural gas pipeline in southwestern Virginia has applied for conversion of 0.62 acres on a 590-acre open-space easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation along the border of Roanoke and Montgomery counties.   The application, submitted by Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in June and available for download here, will […]

VOF notifies Mountain Valley Pipeline, FERC that maintenance road would trigger conversion process on Roanoke County easement

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has notified the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), that a proposed maintenance road for the pipeline on a VOF easement in Roanoke County would be inconsistent with the terms of the easement, and would therefore need to seek conversion […]

VOF files pipeline-related staff reports with FERC

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently submitted staff reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) detailing the potential impacts to 10 VOF conservation easements if FERC approves the current route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The reports were produced in response to applications filed by Dominion, the pipeline’s lead developer, which is seeking “conversion” […]

VOF board defers decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline conversion applications

At a meeting in Henrico County on February 9, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees voted to defer a decision on applications presented by Dominion to convert open space on 10 easements that lie in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The board also directed staff to “provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission […]

VOF receives revised applications for Atlantic Coast Pipeline “conversion” request

Dominion Resources today submitted revised applications for conversion of open space on 10 Virginia Outdoors Foundation easements in Highland, Bath, Augusta and Nelson counties that lie in the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The applications will be considered by the VOF board of trustees at its next meeting in Richmond on February 9, […]