Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition has issued a new report: The Agency Has No Records . . . DEQ’s Failure to Use Sound Science to Protect Virginian’s from Pipeline Threats.
The report describes the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s responses to a series of records requests DPMC filed in the last two months to discover what evidence DEQ has to support its claims that a Corps of Engineers permit will protect Virginia waters where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline propose to dig and blast through streams and wetlands.
In nearly every case, DEQ was forced to admit it had no such records, showing that it has not applied the most basic scientific protocols to ensure these waterbody crossings can meet Virginia water quality standards. Administration officials have told the Governor, the State Water Control Board, and the public that it has conducted certain investigations and analyses. However, the results of our information requests refute those claims and show promises that Virginia is relying on science to make decisions have been empty.
Reviews of polluting projects should and generally do include:
- examination of past projects in Virginia where regulatory requirements were imposed, to see if our waters were fully protected,
- examination of findings from other localities and from the scientific literature,
- application of those findings to circumstances present in our waters, and
- analyses of specific evidence pertinent to the particular cases where decisions are required.