Comment to Virginia Marine Resources Commission

You still have time to comment before the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on March 16, 2018, in the Newport News City Council Chambers at 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News.

Don’t know what to say? Take a look at this joint letter to VMRC from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The vast majority of it applies word for word to the ACP, and it should give you plenty of ideas. Substitute:

  • ACP for MVP
  • Mention ACP’s 18 streams
  • Mention ACP’s 5 counties
  • Change the specific endangered or under review species discussed: page 4-6 discusses specific MVP species (James Spiny Mussel, Roanoke Log Perch, candy darter, orangefin madtom, green floater, orange pigtoe, and eastern hellbender); for ACP, we have endangered species James Spinymussel, Roanoke Logperch, dwarf wedge mussel, and the under review species Atlantic pigtoe mussel, green floater, chowanoke crayfish

You don’t have to know details of proposed procedures, to comment on problems of drilling beneath river beds – especially given the examples in other pipeline construction projects of drilling mud spills and erosion-caused scouring of river beds. Erosion caused by river bed scouring is particularly relevant in Nelson with our history of flooding. But it is relevant everywhere given the increase in extreme weather events, see for example Floods Put Pipelines at Risk and Mapping Sunoco’s drilling mud spills.

Send your letters opposing the ACP drilling under our streams and rivers to:
Marine Resources Commission
Habitat Management Division
2600 Washington Ave, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607

You may send comments by email to: Put ACP in the subject line.

Tell them who you are, where you live, and why you oppose the ACP’s request to put its proposed pipeline beneath these 48 non-tidal and 3 tidal streams.