Comments Urgently Needed on ACP & MVP Stream Crossing Permits in Virginia

by admin on June 5, 2018

Nationwide Permits are not appropriate

VA DEQ website back up; new comment deadline is June 15, 2018

From the Notice of  Lew Freeman, Allegheny – Blue Ridge Alliance, June 4, 2018

The website of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, which has been down since May 22, is once again operational.  In a notice on the site’s home page ( , it indicates that the new deadline for submitting comments on the adequacy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWP 12 program for stream crossings of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline is Friday, June 15.

Written comments may be submitted via hand-delivery to VA-DEQ, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; via postal mail toVA-DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218; or via e-mail at the following email address(es) ONLYemails and attachments sent to other email addresses or internet sites will not be considered:

>>> NWP12InfoOnMVP@deq.virginia. gov

>>>  NWP12InfoOnACP@deq.virginia. gov

All ABRA members are urged to file their own comments and encourage their members and constituencies to do so as well.  Wild Virginia has prepared an excellent guide to provide assistance: “Suggestions for Comments to DEQ Public Notice Impacts from Waterbody Crossings and Water Quality Standards.” This is available at: wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ Comments-in-Response-to-DEQ- Public-Notice-corrected.pdf.

Another helpful resource is an impact table of waters potentially affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  The document is published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Norfolk District and is available at: wp-content/uploads/2018/05/VA- waters-impacted-by-ACP-U.S.- Corps-of-Engineers-11-30-17. pdf.

​—- Thank you very much, Lew Freeman,

Executive Director, Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance

P. O. Box 685, Monterey, VA 24465

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Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance June 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Some 13,000 Comment on Adequacy of the NWP 12 Program for the ACP & MVP

Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), June 21, 2018

The request of the Virginia State Water Control Board for input from the public on the sufficiency of the U.S. Army Corps NWP 12 permit program for stream crossings of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) produced an outpouring of comments.

The Department of Environmental Protection told ABRA that by the June 15 comment deadline, over 13,000 opinions were provided, as follows: 7,100 emails on the ACP, 2,600 emails on the MVP, and 3,500 letters and cards related to the ACP and/or MVP.


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