CCAN Statement: Dominion Methane Announcement Is Laughable

RICHMOND, VA — Today, Dominion Energy announced its intention to reduce methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade. Dominion Energy is the main company behind the push to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would bring fracked gas from West Virginia, through Virginia, and into North Carolina.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Virginia Director Harrison Wallace issued the following statement in response:

“Nice try. The best way for Dominion to reduce methane emissions is to abandon its plans to build its controversial and unnecessary $7.5 billion pipeline. Dominion’s announcement will avoid 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere (36.98 million tons of C02e) over the ten-year period. The ACP will far more than offset that gain, emitting nearly 68 million metric tons of planet-warming gases (C02e) into the atmosphere on an annual basis.

“It’s refreshing that Dominion acknowledges that methane is harmful to our planet. But, if Dominion wants to make real and significant progress towards a stable climate, they should stop building the ACP and killing ambitious clean energy measures in the General Assembly.  We’ll know they’re serious about climate change if they start taking meaningful action to build a grid that is powered by 100% renewable energy.”

Denise Robbins, Communications Director, 608-620-8819,
Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director, 804-305-1472,

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is the oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region. For 16 years, CCAN has been at the center of the fight for clean energy and wise climate policy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.


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