Fate of 2 Important Pipelines May Rest in Virginia Governor Race

Election matters, and elections for governor really matter–at least with respect to shale drilling and pipelines. Here in New York State, where MDN is written, we are ruled by a corrupt autocrat by the name of Andrew Cuomo. Single-handed Cuomo has decided to ban fracking and block new shale gas pipelines (see After 6+ Years, Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York; NY Gov. Cuomo Refuses to Grant Permits for Constitution Pipeline; and Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks NFG Northern Access Pipeline Permit). So when a Democrat candidate in Virginia to be the next governor vows to block pipelines there, we don’t take it as just electioneering. These people are serious–and dangerous. Our court systems have failed to reign in Democrat autocrats who rule by fiat. It’s up to the people to ensure they don’t get elected. On June 13 Virginia will hold a primary in their gubernatorial race. Since a Democrat has won the governor’s mansion in nine out of the last ten elections, it pays to pay attention to the two leading Dem candidates for governor in Virginia. One of them, former Congressman Tom Perriello, says he’ll block both the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline through his state, and the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline. His opponent, the sitting Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, doesn’t outright oppose the projects but instead says they will be put under an extreme review by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Just one problem with that: The DEQ says FERC is the one who will monitor and review the project, not the DEQ. In other words, what Northam has been promising is just another empty political promise (surprised?). With a close race, will this late-breaking news from the DEQ tip the balance in favor of the radical Perriello?…

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