Protect the Things You Love

The Cowpasture River Preservation Association (CRPA) was created in 1972 for the expressed purpose of preserving the Cowpasture River and its tributaries. In its March 2016 meeting, the CRPA Board of Directors noted that the Association has conscientiously tracked the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and before the U. S. Forest Service for somewhat over 21 months. In that time frame, the Cowpasture River Preservation Association has contributed to the greater public dialogue with science-based analyses of the threats posed by the construction of a 42” in diameter natural gas pipeline in two areas of critical concern – i.e., the erosion of soil, debris and rock in rugged mountainous terrain, and the threats to surface and ground water quality in karst topography. Both water quality issues devolve from the essence of our corporate charter and represent the vital concerns of our membership who are primarily riparian landowners.




Pipeline media coverage, studies and publications.

Washington Post, July 5, 2020 – Energy companies Abandon Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

June 17, 2020 – A Message from Dick Brooks, CRPA Board President, Regarding Supreme Court Decision

Southern Environmental Law Center – Path of the Pipeline — Read and listen to the stories of people who will be directly affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI), March 9, 2018 – The Seven Steps of Incident Investigation In the Event the Pipeline Goes Forward

Downstream Strategies, February 21, 2018 – Threats to Water Quality from Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Crossings in Virginia

The Daily Progress, The News Virginian, January 30, 2018: Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Challenging FERC Approval of Pipeline

NBC 29 Charlottesville, January 30, 2018: Lawsuit Filed Against FERC Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline Approval

lHuffington Post, September 14, 2017: West Virginia Revokes Approval Of Mountain Valley Pipeline As Legal Terrain Shifts

The Roanoke Times, June 21, 2017: “Environmental groups: Justification for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline has ‘eroded'”

Downstream Strategies, August 18, 2016: Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Water and Groundwater SuppliesRichmond Times-Dispatch, October 8, 2017 – Buppert and Sanner column: Construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline will destroy lands, endanger state’s waters

Downstream Technologies, August 18, 2016 – Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies

North River Ranger District George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, February 11, 2016 – Wallace and Marshall Prescribed Burn Proposal – Public Notice Response

MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show, January 27, 2015 – Another Day, Another Pipeline Explosion