Updated November 21, 2017
The fossil fuel corporations behind the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline are charging ahead to try to rush these projects through. Thousands of citizens are turning up the pressure to stop them! You are needed now more than ever. Bookmark this page in your browser and check back often for new or changed information!
Hundreds of people attended hearings this summer to oppose the projects, and more than 20,000 citizen comments were submitted to state officials expressing concerns about the unparalleled threats the projects pose to the commonwealth’s streams, rivers, wetlands and drinking water supplies. The State Water Control Board will soon vote on water quality permits for the projects.
Join us for a historic day in Richmond to stop the pipelines!
Water is Life Rally & Concert
December 2 (Saturday), 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bell Tower on Capitol Grounds, Capitol Street, Richmond
Buses are being organized from various communities:
Lodging logistics are also being worked out:
Contact Tom Burkett of Richmond with requests for space.
Attend the State Water Control Board’s meetings when the fate of these pipelines will be determined.
- December 6 & 7 for the Mountain Valley Pipeline
- December 11 & 12 for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Both meetings will be held at the Trinity Family Life Center, at 3601 Dill Road, Richmond. Each meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to last up to two days.
NOTE: Both meetings will include a public comment time. The Department of Environmental Quality rules require that you made or sent a comment during the official public comment period that ended August 22, 2017, in order to speak at the upcoming meetings.
Stay tuned for more details …
Visit this page to view all of the information made available by the Virginia DEQ on the pipelines.
The state Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing a “401 water quality certification” for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under the federal Clean Water Act. Hundreds of North Carolinians turned out for public hearings this summer to state concerns about the impacts on their waters and to oppose the project.
The Cooper administration — faced with widespread and forceful opposition to the pipeline, said on September 15 it would delay its decision on the water permits, possibly until mid-December.
And on October 9, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality rejected the developer’s plans as insufficient for controlling erosion and sediment pollution to protect the state’s water resources in eight eastern counties.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is also reviewing “401 water quality certifications” for its section of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and held public hearings a public comment period nd public hearings this summer.
On the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the DEP issued a 401 certification earlier in 2017, but in September, as part of lawsuit brought by opponents, it withdrew its certificate because it did not comply with Clean Water Act requirements.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is responsible for issuing “Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity” for interstate natural gas pipelines. As part of that process, FERC must issue an “environmental impact statement” under the National Environmental Policy Act.
FERC has issued the final environmental statement for each of the pipelines. In both cases, the agency said the pipelines can be built with minimal environmental harm. We strongly disagree with this assessment (read our press release for MVP and ACP). We anticipate the agency will nonetheless issue certificates for both pipelines.
The U.S. Forest Service took public comments for its process of issuing a Record of Decision for each of the pipelines’ proposed crossings of publicly owned federal lands.
For the Mountain Valley Pipeline only, the Bureau of Land Management also took public comments for a Record of Decision on lands managed by the Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service federal lands for consideration in its Record of Decision.