The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) has prepared a two-page document to aid those who will be presenting comments next Monday before the Virginia State Water Control Board as it considers whether to grant certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The guidance document is based on the October 25, 2017, letter from the Southern Environmental Law Center, Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to the Virginia State Water Control Board.
The Board will meet Monday and Tuesday, December 11 and 12, 2017, regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline certification. Both meetings begin at 9:30 am at the Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA. The first-day agenda calls for a summary presentation by staff of comments made during the public comment period and hearings, followed by an opportunity for those who commented at the public hearings or filed comments during the public comment period to respond to the staff summary. Board consideration of the pending applications are slated to occur on the second day (December 12). Three-minute time limits will be imposed on those making comments, though it is possible for eligible commenters to sign-up and allot their time to another speaker. It is very important that a strong turnout of opposition comments to certification for the ACP be made next Monday. Make your voice count by showing up in Richmond next Monday![Note: Based on the December 6-7 hearings for the MVP, attendees next week should be prepared to see an extremely heavy Virginia State Police presence both inside and around the meeting venue.]