Update on the ACP and MVP Pipelines from the Greenbrier RWA

by Duane Nichols on May 5, 2016

Update on Pipelines from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association

There is action needed on two pipelines:

### — Mountain Vally Pipeline (MVP) Action Needed:

WV DEP is considering a 401 Permit (Clean Water Act) for MVP

  1. Please submit your comments to DEP on the MVP. We are trying to get them to allow email comments. Snail mail address is below.
  2. Please also write DEP at the below address asking for a hearing. GRWA will ask for a hearing.

DEADLINE for comment is May 17. That was confusing because of different newpapers’ deadlines.  Until we get permission to be able to email them, comments should go to:

WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management

401 Certification Program, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304

Within the next few days, we will send out some more talking points, but until then, we think focusing on impacts to streams and problems with previous construction on steep slopes, fragmentation of habitat, effects on wildlife, and impacts on water quality short and long term will be good to mention. The WV-DEP is supposed to consider the MVP’s effect on water resources, fish and wildlife, recreation, critical habitats, wetlands and other natural resources by law.

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### — ACP news and action —

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced this morning a scoping period, including scoping meetings, for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline alternative route through central Pocahontas County and into Bath County.

The comment deadline is Thursday, June 2. Public scoping meetings, at which time oral comments can be delivered before FERC staff, will be May 20 and 21, as follows:

Friday, May 20, 2016, 10 am to 7 pm: Marlinton Community Wellness Center, 320 9th Street, Marlinton, WV 24954

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10 am to 7 pm: Bath County High School, 464 Charger Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445

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WV State Budget Issues

Many WV government services and even state parks may be on the State budget chopping block. This includes the Greenbrier River Trail, as it has no lodging to provide an income stream to the state. Nevermind the 4 million dollars it brings in to local communities, the trail is slated to lose funds. Please write an email to Governor Tomblin at: governor@wv.gov and ask that Parks not be on the chopping block, particularly, the Greenbrier River Trail.

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Appalmad Update —

A new study says both pipelines slated for our communities, MVP and ACP, indicate an industry rush to overbuild. Go to www.appalmad.org for details. Kudos!

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Interactive Map of the proposed Atlantic Coast  Pipeline —

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has published an online interactive map depicting environmental risks and sensitivities associated with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Please go to www.pipelineupdate.org to get these maps.

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Birthplace of Rivers Monument needs your support!

Please take a moment and urge President Obama to designate this needed boost for West Virginia!


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May 22 —  Members and Volunteers Picnic

Greenbrier River Watershed Association

Location –The Cathole near Renick, 2 pm to 6 pm.

Music, food, and pipeline updates

June 18 Film and Music at Lewis Theater, Lewisburg, WV

Film “Monroe Speaks, Pipeline Documentary” by Marino Colmano

Music by The Nightcrawlers

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