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Action Alert: Mobilize Around Pipelines - Public Hearings and Opportunities to Comment!

posted Feb 16, 2017, 11:21 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 11:32 AM ]
Natural Gas Pipelines - How You Can Comment 

Two major natural gas pipelines have public hearings scheduled on their proposed projects.

WV Rivers will be hosting community meetings with local partners on each pipeline. We'll help you prepare for the public hearings and submit your comments. Community meetings will be held on: 

Photo by Rick Webb.

Below we have included information on each pipeline, their public hearings, and how you can comment.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline 

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed 600 mile project which would span three states, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Currently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is accepting comments on the ACP's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). We've reviewed the DEIS and found that it lacks critical information needed to fully evaluate the impacts of the project.

Public hearings on the DEIS are scheduled for: 

March 1: Gandy Dance Theatre, Elkins, 5 pm

March 2: Wellness Center, Marlinton, 5 pm

Comments on the DEIS are due by April 6. Check out our fact sheet on the DEIS and the comment process. Attend our community meeting in Buckhannon to learn more about the DEIS.

Mountain Valley Pipeline 

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting public hearings on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and its permits required by the state.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 300 mile pipeline, which as proposed, would cross Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe Counties in West Virginia.

The public hearings on the Mountain Valley Pipeline's WVDEP permits are scheduled for:

March 6: Webster County High School, Upperglade, 6pm

March 7: Memorial Building, Hinton, 6pm

March 9: Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, 6pm 

 The hearings will give the public an opportunity to comment on the permits MVP must have from the WVDEP before construction can begin.These permits include the State 401 Water Quality Certification, Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit, and the Oil and Gas General Water Pollution Control Permit, check out our fact sheet on the MVP WVDEP permits. To learn more about the permits and the public hearings, visit the WVDEP website. For more in-depth information, attend our community meeting in Lowell, WV.