Two measures designed to improve state oversight of natural gas pipelines have now passed the Virginia Senate and are headed for floor consideration in the House of Delegates.
- SB1265, sponsored by Sen. Deeds, authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to conduct inspections of land-disturbing activities related to construction of any natural gas transmission pipeline equal to or greater than 24 inches inside diameter.
A general water pollution control permit for the discharge of stormwater associated with
construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was issued on January 25 by the West Virginia
Department of Environmental protection (DEP). The agency’s approval letter states:
The erosion control measures approved by this agency for this project shall be maintained in
proper condition to individually and collectively perform the functions for which they were
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has announced public hearings later next week to consider stormwater and sediment control permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The hearings will be on December 18 in Buckhannon and December 21 in Dunmore.
Public hearings to accept comments on a draft permit to cover the discharge of stormwater during the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have been scheduled by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The hearings will be held, as follows: