Deadline July 27, 2019: Submit your comment to the Army Corps of Engineers to stop fracked-gas pipelines from blasting through West Virginia rivers.
When West Virginia regulators initially considered the Clean Water Act permits needed for the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in 2017, they decided to place three strong but reasonable requirements on pipeline companies, above what the Army Corps required, in order to protect the state’s valuable water resources. These reasonable measures would have prevented pipeline construction from impeding the movement of fish and would have limited pipeline construction across major rivers like the Gauley, Elk, and Greenbrier to 72 hours. They would also make large diameter pipelines like ACP and MVP ineligible for the one-size-fits-all review process, requiring them to undergo an individual review process.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network argued — and the court agreed — that MVP had no plans to comply with West Virginia’s 72-hour time limit when crossing major rivers, and that this failure meant that the entire permit, not just as it applied to specific crossings, was defective. After this decisive court decision rejecting MVP’s permit, the Army Corps voluntarily threw out its permit for the ACP too.
But now the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is trying to rewrite its own rules and remove the environmentally protective conditions they placed on projects like the ACP and MVP.
The Army Corps of Engineers is asking for the public’s opinion on whether it should accept attempts by West Virginia regulators to modify the conditions they put in place to protect water quality. This request places the Corps in an untenable position, asking the Corps to commit an unlawful act and to be drawn once more into a time-consuming and expensive conflict over the proper regulation of the two proposed fracked-gas pipelines.
The Corps is only accepting comments until Saturday, July 27, 2019. Time is running out. Write to the Corps TODAY to ask them to SAY NO to West Virginia’s illegal request.
CLICK HERE to use Chesapeake Climate Action Committee’s email letter, but please be sure to customize the email with your county and state and include any other concerns you may have.