by Julia Polentes
Over the past year, Wild Virginia asked Virginians affected by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline to share their stories on our interactive map. Dozens of Virginians contributed beautiful photos and thoughtful comments, all reflecting a common sentiment: these pipelines will not benefit Virginians.
Trees have been cleared in Virginia for both pipelines. Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is underway. The company continues to accrue violations and public outrage as sediment damages waterways, roads, and property. Most recently, an appeals court granted a stay on an Army Corps permit, temporarily preventing construction across four major rivers and hundreds of associated streams in West Virginia – roughly 80 miles of pipeline. The ruling sets an important precedent: that an Army Corps permit, what the VA State Water Board used to determine that our water was sufficiently protected, is insufficient.
Now, the Virginia State Water Quality Control Board is reconsidering their original clean water certification – whether our water is actually adequately protected from ACP and MVP construction. This means it’s time to get involved!
Construction of the ACP has not begun in Virginia. The pipeline awaits approval of their erosion and sediment control plans from the Virginia State Water Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality. These approvals may occur any day. This means it’s time to get involved! (There is no time to waste!)
We made a video highlighting some of these stories along the path of the ACP. Please check it out below, and explore and add your own story our map.
What you can do?
Now, we’re asking for more photos and comments to increase the visibility of the destruction both pipelines are already causing. If the MVP or ACP is affecting you, please considering sharing your story with us directly on on the map or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Then, sign our petition urging Governor Northam to direct the DEQ to conduct a thorough, fair evaluation of the impact pipeline construction will have on Virginia’s water.
Contact Governor Ralph Northam’s Office directly: 804-786-2211