On November 27, 2017, we posted the story below. Although December 7, the supposed deadline for comments, has passed, we understand that the Virginia Marine Resources Council (VMRC) will continue to accept comments until they hold a hearing, which is not likely to be until early 2018. We urge everyone to continue to send your comments to the VMRC. You don’t have to know which specific rivers are included in the 48 mentioned in the notice, nor do you need 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.
Sign the petition and then join Bold Alliance in Newport News on Thursday, December 21, 2017, for a press conference and petition delivery to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), to demand the agency hold public hearings to hear affected landowners’ and communities’ concerns on the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline projects. See our Events page for details.
The Public Notice above appeared on November 23, 2017, buried in the back pages of the print edition of the Thanksgiving Day Nelson County Times – and several layers down in the online edition. Yes, we’re sure the notice meets legal requirements, but given its timing it is clearly an effort to slip beneath everyone’s radar. (Thanks, Elinor Amidon, for your vigilance!)
Let’s make sure the Virginia Marine Resources Commission is awash with comments by December 7!
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: Randy.Owen@mrc.virginia.gov. 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.