Next Wednesday, May 30, at 5 pm, is the deadline for comments to the Virginia State Water Control Board to provide input on the adequacy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 in protecting streams and wetlands crossed by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Written comments may be submitted via hand-delivery to DEQ, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; via postal mail to DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218; or via e-mail at the following email address(es) ONLY – emails and attachments sent to other email addresses or internet sites will not be considered:
All ABRA members are urged to file their own comments and encourage their members and constituencies to do so as well. Wild Virginia has prepared an excellent guide to provide assistance: “Suggestions for Comments to DEQ Public Notice Impacts from Waterbody Crossings and Water Quality Standards,” available by clicking here.
Another helpful resource is an impact table of waters potentially affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The document is published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Norfolk District and is available here.
Note: As of 4 pm on May 24, the Virginia DEQ website has been down since Tuesday, May 22. Persons seeking to file comments should be aware of that and consider submitting mailed comments should the website problem persist.