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    2017 People versus Oil and Gas Infrastructure Summit

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    People vs. Oil & Gas Infrastructure Summit,
    A summit for communities fighting back
    Pittsburgh, PA Nov 17-20, 2017

    The oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding — promoting pipelines, oil trains, LNG export facilities, fracked gas power plants and more to support the continued expansion and export of these dirty fossil fuels. This infrastructure boom threatens to lock in fossil fuel production for decades to come – impacting frontline communities, threatening the global climate and harming people’s air, water, and health. But across North America, people are rising up to challenge the oil and gas infrastructure boom, fighting instead for a clean energy future.

    Join us at the People vs. Oil & Gas Infrastructure, A Summit for Communities fighting back from Nov. 17-20 in Pittsburgh, PA for the largest gathering to date of groups fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure. Whether you’re fighting a pipeline, refinery expansion, oil train facility, LNG plant or fracking wells this summit is for you! Our focus will be coordination and communication to strengthen, reinforce and support each other to face, fight and defeat new oil and gas infrastructure.

    Host committee : Earthworks, Stand.earth, Stop The Frack Attack, Movement Strategy Center, Bold Alliance, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Oil Change International, Waterkeeper Alliance, The Center for Coalfield Justice, The Center for Biological Diversity, 350.org, Sierra Club, Fractracker, Marcellus Butler Outreach, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Beyond Extreme Energy, Transition Initiative Kenora, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Rising Tide North America, Native Organizing Alliance, and Camp White Pine.

    If your organization can contribute funds to enable more grassroots leaders to attend, please email Robby at Robby@dcactionlab.com or call him at 631-241-5966.

    Please let us know if you’re interested in attending by filling out this form so we can keep you up to date on the summit:

    Deadline to Comment to PHMSA on Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

    Safety of underground natural gas storage facilities

     
    Comments Close: November 20, 2017

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is reopening the comment period on an interim final rule titled: “Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities,” in response to a petition for reconsideration filed jointly by the American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, and the American Public Gas Association. The rule ‘revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities.’ According to the text of the interim final rule, ‘the promulgation of minimum federal standards would, for the first time, establish safety standards under the Pipeline Safety Regulations… for the currently unregulated downhole facilities at 197 interstate underground gas storage facilities and provide consistent, minimum standards for the remaining 203 intrastate facilities.’

    Definition of Waters of the United States: Public Meeting via Phone

    The EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) are in the midst of holding ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Nine of the teleconferences will be tailored to a specific sector, i.e., agriculture (row crop, livestock, silviculture); conservation (hunters and anglers); small entities (small businesses, small organizations, small jurisdictions); construction and transportation; environment and public advocacy (including health and environmental justice); mining; industry (energy, chemical, oil/gas); scientific organizations and academia; and stormwater, wastewater management, and drinking water agencies. One of the teleconferences will be open to the public at large.

    The agencies will also accept written recommendations from any member of the public.

    The remaining call is:

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017—open to general public. You must register in advance. Contact CWAwotus@epa.gov for info.

    Much more information here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480-0001

    Written recommendation must be received on or before November 28, 2017.

    Submit your recommendations, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480, at http://www.regulations.gov. This docket, established as a courtesy to the stakeholder community, will be included in the administrative record of the regulation revising the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies will not be formally responding to the recommendations. Follow the online instructions for submitting recommendations. Once submitted, your submission cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The agencies may publish any submission received to the public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    For Further Information Contact

    Ms. Damaris Christensen, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2428; email address: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-5903; email address: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil.

    Green Jam, Tuesday Nov 21

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    Definition of Waters of the United States: Deadline to Comment

    The EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) held ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

    The agencies will also accept written recommendations from any member of the public. Written recommendation must be received on or before November 28, 2017.

    Much more information here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480-0001

    Submit your recommendations, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480, at http://www.regulations.gov. This docket, established as a courtesy to the stakeholder community, will be included in the administrative record of the regulation revising the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies will not be formally responding to the recommendations. Follow the online instructions for submitting recommendations. Once submitted, your submission cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The agencies may publish any submission received to the public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    For Further Information Contact

    Ms. Damaris Christensen, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2428; email address: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-5903; email address: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil.

    EPA Public Hearing on Agency’s Move to Repeal the Clean Power Plan: Charleston, WV

    Info from a press release from the Trump Administration’s EPA and other sources:

    The hearing will be held November 28-29, and possibly November 30, too, in Charleston, WV from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the West Virginia Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305.

    You must pre-register if you wish to speak. Pre-registration to provide an oral presentation will begin when the notice is published in the Federal Register and close on November 16. People will be contacted about speaking slots via email starting on November 17, 2017.

    Register here, now!

    Check back for updates on our plans for this hearing. WV will be in the national and international spotlight; let’s show the world that regular West Virginians want to be leaders in the cleaner energy future!

    EPA, while scrapping Clean Power Plan, finds it could have saved lives

    Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to Stand Up for Our Communities NOT Polluters

    Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

    Trump’s EPA issues damning analysis of his effort to get rid of Obama’s climate plan

    EPA plans coal-country hearing on Obama climate rule repeal

    EPA sets public hearing in Charleston on repealing Clean Power Plan

    Coal is dying — EPA’s Clean Power Plan reversal can’t save it

     

    Deadline to Comment: General WV Water Pollution Control Permit Application for Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline

    from WV DEP:

    State of West Virginia
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Division of Water and Waste Management

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    APPLICATION FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE GENERAL WEST VIRGINIA WATER POLLUTION
    CONTROL PERMIT NO. WV0115924

    Public Notice No.: SM-51-2017 Public Notice Date: November 17, 2017

    Paper: County newspapers: Doddridge, Jackson, Cabell, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ritchie, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun, Jackson, Kanawha, Wayne & Putnam

    The following has applied for coverage under the General WV Water Pollution Control Permit No. WV0115924 for this facility or activity:

    Appl. No.: WVR310872

    Applicant: COLUMBIA GAS TRANSMISSION, LLC
    1700 MACCORKLE AVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25314

    Location: MARSHALL COUNTY, MARSHALL COUNTY

    Latitude: 39:49:46 Longitude: 80:44:49

    Receiving Stream: Lower Guyandotte

    Activity: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, (Columbia) proposes to construct and operate the Mountaineer XPress Project (Project) consisting of approximately 170.9 miles (3,778 acres) of various diameter pipelines, modifications to three existing compressor stations, the construction of three new compressor stations, three new regulating stations, and a number of other modifications at various aboveground facility sites. Project activities will occur throughout Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wirt, Roane, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne and Kanawha counties in West Virginia (WV).

    Business conducted: Mountaineer XPress Project

    Implementation: N/A

    On the basis of review of the application the “Water Pollution Control Act (Chapter 22, Article 11-8(a)),” and the “West Virginia Legislative Rules,” the State of West Virginia will act on the above application.

    Any interested person may submit written comments on the site registration permit application and may request a public hearing by addressing such to the Director of the Division of Water and Waste Management within 30 days of the date of the public notice. Such comments or requests should be addressed to:

    Director, Division of Water and Management, DEP
    ATTN: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section
    601 57th Street SE
    Charleston, WV 25304-2345

    The public comment period begins November 17, 2017 and ends December  7, 2017.

    Comments received within this period will be considered prior to acting on the permit application. Correspondence should include the name, address and the telephone number of the writer and a concise statement of the nature of the issues raised. The Director shall hold a public hearing whenever a finding is made, on the basis of requests, that there is a significant degree of public
    interest on issues relevant to the site registration permit application and this facility’s coverage under the General Permit. Interested persons may contact the Public Information Office to obtain further information.

    The application may be inspected, by appointment, at the Division of Water and Waste Management Public Information Office, at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on business days. Copies of the application and the General Permit and Fact Sheet may be obtained from the Division at a nominal cost. Individuals requiring Telecommunication Device (TDD) may contact our agency by calling (304) 926-0493. Calls must be made
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Public Hearing: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Stormwater Permit @ Buckhannon Upshur High School

    From WV DEP

    A public hearing has been scheduled for Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc, Atlantic Coast Pipeline (WVR310820).

    The purpose of the hearing is to take comments on the draft permit that will cover the discharge of stormwater during construction activities.

    A hearing has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday December 18, 2017 at:

    Buckhannon Upshur High School
    270 Bu Dr
    Buckhannon, WV 26201

    Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing.  After the public hearing, the comment period will be extended until 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

    A copy of the draft permit can be obtained by calling Sharon Mullins, Division of Water & Waste Management, (304) 926-0499, ext. 1132; or e-mail her at Sharon.A.Mullins@WV.Gov

     

    Public Hearing: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Stormwater Permit @ Pocahontas County High School

    From WV DEP

    A public hearing has been scheduled for Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc, Atlantic Coast Pipeline (WVR310820).

    The purpose of the hearing is to take comments on the draft permit that will cover the discharge of stormwater during construction activities.

    A hearing has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday December 21, 2017 at:

    Pocahontas County High School
    271 Warrior Way
    Dunmore, WV 24934

    Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing.  After the public hearing, the comment period will be extended until 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

     A copy of the draft permit can be obtained by calling Sharon Mullins, Division of Water & Waste Management, (304) 926-0499, ext. 1132; or e-mail her at Sharon.A.Mullins@WV.Gov

    Deadline to Comment on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Stormwater Permit

    A public comment period is underway for  Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc, Atlantic Coast Pipeline (WVR310820) re: draft permit that will cover the discharge of stormwater during construction activities.

    From WV DEP:

    Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing.  After the public hearing, the comment period will be extended until 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

     A copy of the draft permit can be obtained by calling Sharon Mullins, Division of Water & Waste Management, (304) 926-0499, ext. 1132; or e-mail her at Sharon.A.Mullins@WV.Gov

    Deadline to Comment on Proposed Clean Power Plan Repeal

    The Trump Administration’s EPA, led by climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, is proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

    As this EPA notes;

    On March 28, 2017, Administrator Pruitt signed a notice indicating the EPA’s intent to review the Clean Power Plan, in accord with the President’s Energy Independence Executive Order. On October 16, the EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, proposing that it is not consistent with the Clean Air Act. EPA is now taking comment on that proposal and has extended the public comment period to January 16, 2018.   

    Written comments will be accepted until January 16, 2018.

    *From EPA: How to Comment*

    Oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing will be considered with the same weight as written statements and supporting information submitted during the public comment period. Comments must be received by January 16, 2018.

    Comments on the proposed repeal should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
    2017-0355, and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

    o Online:
    Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for
    submitting comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

    o Email:
    Comments may be sent to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No.
    EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.

    o Fax:
    Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQOAR-2017-0355

    o Mail:
    Environmental Protection Agency
    EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) 
    Mail Code 28221T,
    Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20460

    o Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West
    Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket
    ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Such deliveries are only accepted during the
    Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for
    deliveries of boxed information.

    For additional information, including the full EPA public comment policy, please visit
    https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

    The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and thus slow some of the catastrophic effects of climate change. If you are going to comment at the hearing and would like OVEC to share some talking points, e-mail us at info@ohvec.org.

    You may recall back in 2014, we asked you to join us as we went to hearings about the implementation of the Clean Power Plan and spoke up for it to be strengthened. In 2015, we stood up to WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Attorney Generals from 23 other states who were  seeking to delay the Clean Power Plan. in 2016, OVEC volunteer Mary Wildfire delivered this impassioned speech outside the DC Circuit Court while a show down on the Clean Power Plan went on inside. 

    Now we find ourselves in the situation of having to stridently and urgently speak up to keep the protections enabled by the Clean Power Plan. 

    Here’a an excellent read from the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists on how and why the EPA is making this move. Read it for some inspiration for making your own comments: Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

    Some other info that might help inspire your comments:

    2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record—and that’s even worse than it sounds

    Here’s a Clean Power Plan fact-sheet archived from the old EPA website, before it was purged of climate science info by the Trump Pruitt EPA. 

    Renewable energy is creating US jobs twice as fast as any other industry

    100 per cent renewable electricity in reach by 2050 or earlier

    White House-approved report concludes humans are behind climate change

    Bombshell: Ending Clean Power Plan could kill 100,000 Americans by 2050

    Coal is dying — EPA’s Clean Power Plan reversal can’t save it

    Climate change already costing U.S. billions, GAO report says

    Even Trump’s EPA says Obama’s climate plan would save thousands of lives each year 

    As Sierra Club says:

    Trump and Scott Pruitt are again putting polluter profits before the health and safety of our communities and the environment, despite overwhelming support of the Clean Power Plan demonstrated by 4.3 million comments, and thousands rallying and testifying in support at listening sessions and public hearings.

    And surveys show that 65% of voters in the 2016 election oppose efforts to take away the EPA’s ability to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We need to make sure Trump and Pruitt get the message.

    Coal power plant pollution sickens our families and makes climate change worse. The Clean Power Plan will help curb pollution, and prevent 90,000 asthma attacks, 300,000 missed work and school days, and 3,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.  All these impacts disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income families. This means that any attempt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is an added assault on the most vulnerable populations among us. 

    For the health of our families and safety of our future, as monster storms and wildfires pummel our nation, we must keep the Clean Power Plan in place. But Trump’s EPA wants to repeal the Clean Power Plan completely. 

     

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