Mountain Valley Pipeline proposes route that avoids VOF easements

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) LLC, recently filed a new route alternative for its proposed gas pipeline in southwestern Virginia that, if adopted, would avoid crossing all Virginia Outdoors Foundation easements. MVP filed the proposed route, called the Mount Tabor Route Variation, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 13. MVP’s previous proposed route would […]

VOF statement on proposed gas transmission lines

Update: The Highland Recorder reported in August that the Spectra proposal has been suspended. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has learned that three energy companies—Dominion Resources Inc., Spectra Energy, and EQT Corporation—are developing natural gas transmission line proposals that could traverse areas of Virginia where VOF holds a significant number of open-space easements. We want to […]

VOF board votes to no longer accept easements with retained oil and gas rights

At its April 22 meeting, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted that, going forward, it will decline to accept charitable gifts of easement that retain rights for on-site oil and gas drilling. The decision was made after extensive research and input gathering, which included a VOF-hosted public forum in Fredericksburg on March 13. […]

Videos from March 13 oil & gas forum now online

Videos from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s March 13, 2014 forum about conservation easements and oil and gas production are now accessible through VOF’s YouTube channel at The approximately 4.5-hour forum has been divided into three segments, featuring each of the three main presenters: Michael Ward of the Virginia Petroleum Council, Kate Wofford of the […]

Citizens express concerns about VOF mineral policies at forum

About 80 people attended a VOF-sponsored forum in Fredericksburg on March 13 to discuss the issue of natural gas extraction on conservation easements. The four-hour forum featured presentations from the Shenandoah Valley network, Virginia Petroleum Council, and Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy. Nearly two hours were devoted to questions and comments from the public, including several environmental […]

VOF’s response to the Virginian-Pilot editorial, “Conservation, Not Fracking”

Editor’s note: This piece was published in the February 3, 2014 print edition of the Virginian-Pilot, in response to the paper’s criticism of VOF’s policies about oil and gas extraction on conservation easements. In its January 27 editorial “Conservation, Not Fracking,” the Virginian-Pilot asserted that two years ago the Virginia Outdoors Foundation “changed its easement […]