With compressor station decision pending, Northam replaces two members of state air board

This article discusses a recent move by Governor Northam. With compressor station decision pending, he replaces two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board and at least one member of the State Water Control Board more than four months after their terms ended. Seems like he wants to ensure that Dominion Energy gets what it wants, regardless of the consequences.

Notably, the decision to replace the two members of the air board — Rebecca Rubin and Samuel Bleicher, whose terms ended in June —  comes a week after the board delayed a vote on a permit for a contentious pipeline compressor station for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The board was scheduled to take up the permit again next month.

Both boards have wrestled with key permits for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The water board also wrangled with a permit for the separate Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is being developed by EQT Midstream Partners of Pittsburgh.

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