The Richmond Times Dispatch for May 31, 2018, reported that the deadline for comments on the adequacy of water crossing permits for both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline to the Virginia State Water Control Board will be extended. The Department of Environmental Quality Web site went down over a week before the May 30 comment deadline and (as of early Friday morning June 1) is still down. DEQ spokesperson Ann Regn said they hope to have the site up and running later on June 1, and that the comment deadline will be extended by however many days the Web site was down.
This means you can continue to send your comments to DEQ! The email addresses for comments are:
For additional instructions (you must reference specific water bodies in your comments) and suggestions on what to say, see our earlier posts on:
- May 25 – 1,000 Streams, 800 Wetlands: Send Your Comments
- May 18 – Send Comments to State Water Control Board Before May 30
- May 11 – Send Comments to DEQ
- May 4 – Send Your Comments to DEQ
In the same article, the Times-Dispatch reported that in West Virginia the Army Corps of Engineers halted “any work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline near four river crossings until it can determine whether its permit allowing work there is in compliance with West Virginia environmental rules. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups asked this month for the permit suspension until a federal judge rules on their lawsuit claiming the permit is too broad in scope.”