The proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines would transport fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, threatening rivers, creeks and wetlands in thousands of places, as well as national forests, drinking water sources, endangered wildlife, and local farms and communities.
These pipelines are abusing eminent domain and seeking to take landowners’ property against their wishes.
A year ago, Virginia’s then-Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam wrote a letter to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), demanding that these pipelines “be held to the highest of environmental standards.”
But the DEQ bungled the process of reviewing the permits for these projects — leaving our streams, rivers and drinking water vulnerable to permanent damage.
Now that newly-elected Governor Northam is in office, he has the authority to ensure that DEQ’s work lives up to his words. He needs be reminded of what is at stake and who carries the burden of this imminent and lasting harm to Virginia waters and communities.
We’ll be joining allied environmental and regional organizations to deliver our letters to Gov. Northam later this month, and will send you an update once the delivery event details at Northam’s office are confirmed.