Help stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines!

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Updated July 18, 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


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, and two public hearings will be held. 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)

Tuesday, July 18 — Fayetteville, N.C.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sign in starts at 5 p.m.)
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Cumberland Hall Auditorium
2201 Hull Rd.
Thursday, July 20 — Rocky Mount, N.C.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sign in starts at 5 p.m.)
Nash Community College
Brown Auditorium
522 N. Old Carriage Road


VIRGINIA

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing “401 water quality certifications” for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Citizens can both speak at a hearing and send in written comments.

Written Comments

Written comments for either/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. 2) A brief, informal statement on how the proposal affects the person or people.

  • 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

Atlantic Coast Pipeline public hearings

August 7 — Harrisonburg, Va.
6 to 10 p.m.
James Madison University
Festival Conference and Student Center, Grand Ballroom
1301 Carrier Drive
Parking is in Lots C11, C12, and D3.
August 10 — Farmville, Va.
6 to 10 p.m.
Jarman Auditorium, Longwood University
201 High St.
Parking is in Wheeler Lot, Crafts Lot, High Street Lot, Randolph Lot or other university-owned lots.
August 14 — Dinwiddie, Va.
6 to 10 p.m.
Dinwiddie High School Auditorium
11501 Boisseau Road
Parking is only in designated areas on school property.


Mountain Valley Pipeline public hearings

August 8 — Radford, Va.
6 to 10 p.m.
Radford University
Preston/Bondurant Auditorium
801 East Main St.
Parking is only in Lot A, or Lots E and U.
August 9 — Chatham, Va.
6 to 10 p.m.
Chatham High School Auditorium
100 Cavalier Circle, 24531
Parking is only in designated areas on school property.
August 10 — Newport and Roanoke County, Va.
These are NOT public hearings, but were added by DEQ as “informal” meetings. DEQ staff will answer questions. ONLY written comments delivered at these meetings will be entered into the public record.

1 p.m. – Newport Community Center, Giles County
5 p.m. – Cave Spring High School, Roanoke County
Both meetings are anticipated to last just an hour or hour-and-half.


WEST VIRGINIA

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

July 31 — Buckhannon, W.Va.
Starting at 6 p.m.
Buckhannon-Upshur High School Auditorium
270 Bu Dr.
August 1 — Dunmore, W.Va.
Starting at 6 p.m.
Pocahontas County High School Auditorium
271 Warrior Way


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

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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