The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee will vote on or kill SB 726 this Thursday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
SB 726 would amend a current erosion and sediment control law so that Dominion and other companies would have to submit project specific erosion and sediment control plans to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This amendment is necessary to force Dominion to create these plans rather than rely on Annual Standards, which do not comply with current VA regulations, and for the public to gain access to them.
If you would like more information, the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has lots of information on the DEQ’s lax oversight of gas transmission lines and on the importance of this issue.
Link to a good DPMC article is here.
Here are facts to share with legislators:
- The existing law does not require the preparation of erosion and sediment control plans for large utility projects. DEQ has the discretion to require an erosion control plan, but rarely uses the option to require preparation and review of erosion control plans.
- The environmental impacts for large utility projects are significant. Existing law does not provide a requirement to verify that erosion control devices are adequate during construction. DEQ does not review plans for large utility projects.
- The public has no access to erosion control plans for large utility projects. This revision to the existing law would provide an opportunity for public disclosure through FOIA requests for erosion control plans.
- The amendment to existing Code closes a loophole in the law by providing a limit to when erosion control plans are required for large utility projects. Current law gives DEQ the discretion to require erosion control plans, which is never exercised.
These are the Committee members to contact:
Richard Stuart (Chairman) (804) 698-7528 email@example.com
Emmett Hanger (R) (804) 698-7524 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Ruff (R) (804) 698-7515 email@example.com
Mark Obenshain (R) (804) 698-7526 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald McEachin (D) (804) 698-7509 email@example.com
Chap Petersen (D) (804) 698-7534 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Marsden (D) (804) 698-7537 email@example.com
William Stanley (R) (804) 698-7520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Black (R) (804) 698-7513 email@example.com
John Miller (D) (804) 698-7501 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Ebbin (D) (804) 698-7530 email@example.com
Lynwood Lewis (D) (804) 698-7506 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Chafin (R) (804) 698-7538 email@example.com
Rosalyn Dance (D) (804) 698-7516 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Suetterlein (R) (804) 698-7519 email@example.com
Or email the whole Committee at once! Here are all the email addresses formatted so you can copy and past into the “To” line of your email message: