Help stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines!

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Updated August 15, 2017

The developers of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline are charging ahead to try to rush these projects through. This summer and fall, there are multiple opportunities for citizens to engage in the process at the state and federal level, both submitting written comments and turning out for public hearings. We will be continuously updating this page with more details and links to talking points and information to help you compose and send your comments (written or verbal).

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Public hearings and comment deadlines

North Carolina | Virginia | West Virginia | Federal

VIRGINIA

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing “401 water quality certifications” for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. The agency held five public hearings in early August, each one attended by hundreds of people largely opposed to the projects.

Written comments

Written comments for either or both pipelines must be received by DEQ by 5 p.m. on August 22. To make a written comment, the person commenting must include: 1) The names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the person commenting and of all people represented by that person, and 2) a brief, informal statement on how the proposal affects the person or people.

You must have made a comment by this deadline in order to speak at the upcoming State Water Control Board meeting. That meeting has not been scheduled yet but is anticipated at the end of October or early November.

Email VADEQ NOW

  • Hand-delivery: DEQ, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Mail your own comments to: DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218
  • Email your own comments on Mountain Valley Pipeline to: comment-mvp@deq.virginia.gov
  • Email your own comments on Atlantic Coast Pipeline to: comment-acp@deq.virginia.gov

Visit this page to view all of the information made available by the Virginia DEQ on the pipelines.


NORTH CAROLINA

The state Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing a “401 water quality certification” for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under the federal Clean Water Act. Public comment deadline is August 19. Two public hearings were held recently, and on August 8, the agency announced three additional hearings. Citizens can both speak at a hearing and send in written comments.

Written comments must be received by DEQ by 5 p.m. on August 19.

Email NCDEQ NOW

  • Mail your own comments to: 401 Permitting, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC, 27699-1617.
  • Email your own comments to: PublicComments@ncdenr.gov (include “ACP” in the email’s subject line)

Atlantic Coast Pipeline public meetings

August 15 — Rocky Mount
Sign-in 5:30; hearing starts at 6 p.m.
Nash Community College
522 N. Old Carriage Road
August 16 — Jackson
Sign-in 5:30; hearing starts at 6 p.m.
Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center
9536 NC Hwy 305
August 17 — Lumberton
Sign-in 5:30; hearing starts at 6 p.m.
Southeastern Agricultural Center
1027 US Hwy 74


Two public hearings were held in July in North Carolina to discuss the state’s review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, July 18 in Fayetteville and July 20 in Rocky Mount. News from the hearings:

WEST VIRGINIA

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing “401 water quality certifications” for its section of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (See notice here.) (It issued the 401 certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline earlier in 2017.)

Written comments

Written comments must be received by the DEP by the end-of-business August 4.
Email your own comments to: dep.comments@wv.gov
Mail your own comments to:
WVDEP, Division of Water and Waste Management
ATTN: Laura Cooper
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304-2345

The agency held public hearings on July 31 in Buckhannon, and August 1 in Dunmore. Here is some news coverage:

Pipeline debated at DEP hearing

An opponent of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at a public hearing in W. Va.

An opponent of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at a public hearing in W. Va.

FEDERAL

The U.S. Forest Service will issue a draft Record of Decision for each of the pipelines’ proposed crossings of publicly owned federal lands, and will accept formal oppositions for those draft decisions. (There are no public hearings associated with these decision documents.)

  • August 7 for the Mountain Valley Pipeline draft Record of Decision
  • The draft Record of Decision is not yet available for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline but will likely be released mid-July

Use this document to compose an objection to the US Forest Service regarding either pipeline.

For the Mountain Valley Pipeline only:

The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting comments specific to impacts to lands managed by the Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service federal lands for consideration in its Record of Decision.

  • Written comments must be submitted by July 31.
    Webpage
    Mail: Vicki Craft, Bureau of Land Management, Southeastern State District Office, 273 Market Street, Flowood, MS 39232
    Call: (601) 919-465

(The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will also be issuing a Final Environmental Impact Statement for each pipeline, and subsequently a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for each pipeline, but there are no formal public comment periods or hearings for these actions.)

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