Public Comment Period on Pipeline Impacts Begins Today

Virginians can start weighing in on whether they believe the water quality approvals granted for two natural gas pipelines are adequate to protect the state’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Quality made available on Friday information and instructions for a 30-day public comment period about the water permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. The comment period opens Monday. It was initiated by the State Water Control Board earlier this month.

Critics have argued the review process the U.S. Army Corps of engineers used for the permits was overly broad and DEQ should have done a stream-by-stream study. The department has said the reviews are adequate, and the pipeline companies say they’ve undergone a thorough, fair environmental review process.