The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) broke its promise to properly review the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
Please contact Governor McAuliffe today!
The DEQ is attempting to evade its responsibility to protect our drinking water. They must review all individual threats to water quality posed by these pipeline proposals. The DEQ must exercise its full authority to protect our waters! Instead they want to turn over authority to the Army Corps of Engineers to do a “blanket review” that will in no way adequately protect our forests and water. The Governor can direct the DEQ to do its job and we need your voice to help make that happen.
Contact the Governor’s office today by calling (804) 786-2211, or email the Governor’s chief of staff Paul Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can use this handy script from Appalachian Voices if you like:
“Hello. My name is ______________ and I live in _________________ (city/town/county). I am calling because I am extremely disappointed in DEQ’s recent decision to forgo a thorough environmental review for the 401 Clean Water Act certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. DEQ’s reversal means Virginia is giving up its right to review the impacts of the pipeline projects and allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to decide what is best for the streams and communities of our commonwealth. DEQ must do more to keep our water safe and clean! Governor McAuliffe, you have the power to deny these pipelines and at the very least ensure that a thorough environmental review is done to protect Virginia’s water.”