Environmental Groups Call on McAuliffe to Stop Potential Va. Pipeline

Groups announced a protest at Executive Mansion in July

Several environmental groups released an open letter Wednesday calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to protect the environment and promote renewable energy sources.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, ran in 2013 with strong support from the environmental community.

But several environmentalists have said the governor has grown too cozy with the state's largest electric utility, Dominion Virginia Power, whose parent company wants to build a large natural gas pipeline that would traverse much of the state.

The open letter calls McAuliffe to reconsider his support for that pipeline, stop supporting offshore oil drilling and prevent Dominion from releasing treated coal ash water into the state's rivers.

The groups also announced a protest at the Executive Mansion on July 23.

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