Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Seeks 401 Certification in WV

by Duane Nichols on April 28, 2017

Subject: Announcement on ACP 401 certification application


An urgent matter, pipeline-related, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has filed a “State Water Certification Application” to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) as required by Section 401 of the nation’s Clean Water Act. The ACP will try to show that their construction will not impair water quality and quantity nor the wildlife, recreation, and potable water that depends upon high quality water. Many of us fear that the pipeline construction will significantly impair water quality.

The announcement has been in the Pocahontas Times newspaper Legal Advertisements for the past several weeks. Public comment period ends May 8, 2017 (postmarked). Comments may be made to WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management, 401 Certification Program, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, West Virginia 25304.

Several groups and persons, including Eight Rivers Council, are making efforts to request a local public hearing in Pocahontas County. WVDEP is not required to hold public meetings, but can do so at their option. You may make a request for a public hearing but should do so by this Friday April 28, via email at

For your inspiration, in May 2016 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation refused a 401 certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, which effectively ended its construction. Would West Virginia’s DEP do the same? Let them know how precious our water is and how the threat of pipeline construction sedimentation and karst disturbance could sabotage our water.

April Pierson-Keating
Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance

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april keating June 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

Greetings from Upshur County:

The latest news from the WV-DEP is they are holding hearings on this: July 31 at the Buckhannon Upshur High School and August 1 in Marlinton at their high school. Not sure of the times.

The comment period is open now.


Call Dennis Stottlemyer, 304-926-0499, x. 1703, for more info.


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