Virginia’s Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on April 6, 2017, that it would conduct full, site-specific regulatory reviews for both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline under the Clean Water Act and state law. Seven weeks later, on May 24, 2017, DEQ says inaccurate information was provided to the public, and that the DEQ will instead rely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine stream crossings, which will number in the hundreds for each project. Perhaps they should be renamed as the Dept. of Environmental Laxity?
Information, responses, and press coverage of this betrayal of responsibility:
- Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) commentary, May 24, 2017
- DPMC letter to Governor McAuliffe, May 24, 2017
- Richmond Times-Dispatch article, May 24, 2107: Virginia DEQ denies backpedaling on pipeline water-crossing reviews
- Roanoke Times article, May 24, 2017: DEQ acknowledges error, clarifies approach to review of pipelines
Let the Governor Hear from You!
Tell Governor McAuliffe you will not accept his administration’s failure to do its duty, to protect Virginia’s water and its people – as he has repeatedly promised. Send an email to Governor McAuliffe (c/o Chief of Staff Paul Reagan at email@example.com). Or call his office, at 804-786-2211.