The Supervisor of the Jefferson National Forest (JNG), Joby Timm, announced on September 25 the availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The action is pursuant to a July 30 Notice of Intent from the Forest Service (see ABRA Update of July 30). The finalization of the DEIS is necessary for the MVP to obtain approval to cross the JNF. Supervisor Timm states:
The Forest Service published a Notice of Availability today that a Draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) is available for public comment. The comment period is for 45 days. The DSEIS analyzes the use and occupancy of National Forest System lands for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, as well as associated project-specific amendments for the Jefferson National Forest Plan.
The Forest Service prepared this draft supplemental analysis to address the Fourth Circuit Court’s ruling, new information, and changed circumstances such as new Federally listed threatened and endangered species and critical habitat designations.
For more information on this Notice of Availability, please visit the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests website.
Please submit comments about this DSEIS here: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=50036 or mail them to George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, MVP Project, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoake, VA 24019.
For questions regarding the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, please feel free to contact Joby Timm at 540-265-5118.
The DSEIS will be published in the Federal Register, probably next week. A copy of the document is available here. The comment deadline is November 2, 2020.