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Press Conference + Petition Delivery to VA Marine Resources Commission
December 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us in Newport News on Thursday, December 21, 2017, for a press conference and petition delivery to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), to demand the agency hold public hearings to hear affected landowners’ and communities’ concerns on the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline projects.
We will deliver a petition requesting that VMRC plan public hearings on MVP and ACP that are located convenient to landowners and communities on the proposed pipeline routes — rather than at the VMRC’s HQ, 2+ hours away in Newport News.
Add your name to the petition:
The VMRC is responsible for issuing a state permit to both the MVP and ACP projects for specific water body crossings beneath the bed of streams and/or rivers with drainage areas greater than 5 square miles; these are considered to be State-owned subaqueous bottomlands of the Commonwealth (permit is a submerged Lands License under Virginia Administrative Code 4 VAC 20- 120-10 ET SEQ).
The VMRC is required to hold a public hearing as soon as there is a comment of protest to the projects (there has been). They typically hold public hearings in Newport News, where their main offices are (2600 Washington Ave, FL 3, Newport News, VA 23607).
We have a petition written to the head commissioner and the VMRC requesting that public hearings be held in proximity to the route of the proposed pipeline projects. (Sign the petition: https://boldalliance.webaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=24149)
We, the people, have been sharing our concerns about the MVP and ACP projects for more than three years. We will continue to speak out and demand a just and fair process for the people of Virginia. We will be delivering our letter with this request on Thursday, December 21, 2017 and holding a brief Press Conference on site.
Public Comments can still be made to the VMRC; email them to Randy.Owen@mrc.virginia.gov, specifying which project you are commenting on.
The link to VMRC permit tracking database is https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/habitat/
MVP Application #: 17-1609
ACP Application #: 15-1353
(be sure to change the date range to 2015-2017)
The original application in under the “Application” tab.
Any revisions, protest letters, letters of support, etc. may be found under the “Additional Docs” tab.
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