The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is currently speeding through the review of plans to cross hundreds of Virginia water bodies with the massive fracked-gas Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Under the Clean Water Act, the DEQ has the authority to determine whether or not the pipeline mitigation plans meet our Commonwealth’s water quality standards.
Eight Virginia state representatives have already spoken to the DEQ asking them to protect Virginians and our water. We need you to call now and:
- If your representative is one of the eight, thank them for their support
- If your representative is NOT one of the eight, urge them to put Virginians over corporate profit and contact DEQ with our concerns!
1. Representatives that HAVE contacted DEQ
If your legislator is on the list below, he/she has already called on DEQ to slow down and take the time to do a full review of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines! Be sure to thank your representative for the support and encourage them to keep the pressure on DEQ!
Delegate Dickie Bell
Delegate David Toscano
Delegate Joseph Yost
Delegate Greg Habeeb
Delegate Steve Heretick
Senator Mamie Locke
Senator Lynwood Lewis
*** Delegate Sam Rasoul (please see BELOW for a special script for this delegate)
My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I want to thank Delegate/Senator ____________ for the action she/he took to protect our communities and one of our most important resources: our water. Thank you for sending a letter to the DEQ urging the agency to use its full authority to do a stringent review of the impacts the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would have on our headwater streams, rivers, and wetlands.
That said, important analyses and mitigation plans have either not been completed or not been made public, so concerned citizens like myself have been unable to provide meaningful comment. Please demand that the DEQ suspend the current water quality certification comment period and public hearings until all information necessary to consider the full impacts on water supplies is gathered as recommended by the VA Department of Health and other stakeholders.
Thank you again for your action. We are depending on you to protect Virginia’s waters.
SPECIAL SCRIPT for Delegate Sam Rasoul
Delegate Sam Rasoul contact info
My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I want to thank Delegate Rasoul for the strong action he took to protect our communities and one of our most important resources: our water. When Delegate Rasoul demanded that DEQ suspend the comment period on water quality certifications for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, he made public safety and human health the # 1 priority. He knows that the risks to the Roanoke River basin are too great to simply allow industry to run roughshod over his constituents and the agencies and representatives who are supposed to serve them.
Thank you again, and please continue to stand up to threats to Virginia’s natural resources.
2. Representatives that HAVE NOT contacted DEQ
If your state delegate or senator is NOT on the list of those already in touch with DEQ (at left/below), please contact them and ask them to push the DEQ to protect us and our water.
Look up your representative’s contact info
My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I am calling to ask you to stand up for clean water in Virginia and press the DEQ to do a full review of of the potential impacts the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will have on our Virginia water resources under the Clean Water Act 401 certification. On behalf of your constituents and clean water for all Virginians, I ask that you send a letter to DEQ requesting them to:
- Analyze water quality and health impacts at each individual stream and wetland crossing proposed by the pipeline developers.
- Suspend the comment period on DEQ’s draft 401 water quality certification until the agency has performed this analysis.
- Provide additional public hearings closer to impacted communities along both pipeline routes when a public comment period for these certifications is reinstated.
Thank you for your time and consideration. This issue is extremely important to me.