A new general permit that authorizes stormwater discharges from activities associated with oil and gas construction activities, including pipelines, in West Virginia has been proposed by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The permit is a reissuance of the existing permit and will be in effect for a five-year term. The reissued permit strengthens many requirements from the existing general permit, requiring enhanced best management practices for Tier II and II streams and requiring groundwater protection plans to be reviewed. The deadline for public comments is October 21. Details on the oil and gas construction stormwater proposal and how to comment are available here. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline are currently operating under the existing general stormwater permit, but would have to reapply and meet new standards under the new proposed permit if their respective projects are not completed by May 2019.
West Virginia Proposes New Stormwater Permit