80+ Conservation Organizations Call on Governor, DEQ, and Water Board to to Protect VA Waters

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On June 29, 2017, the Virginia Conservation Network, along with its partners Southern Environmental Law Center and Shenandoah Valley Network, sent a letter to Governor McAuliffe, DEQ Director David Paylor and the State Water Control Board asking them to use their full authority under the Clean Water Act to conduct a thorough and transparent review of stream and wetland crossings along the proposed ACP and MVP fracked gas pipeline routes and ensure that Virginia water quality standards are met.

The letter, with over 80 organizations signed on, has support from leading clean water organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and James River Association, state-wide conservation organization including Virginia League of Conservation Voters and Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club, national groups including 350.org and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and local concerned citizen groups, including Friends of Nelson, the Augusta County Alliance, and the Cowpasture River Preservation Association.

This letter comes on the heels of DEQ backtracking on their initial public commitment to review all stream crossings and shows broad support for protecting our waterways from development.