Pipelines, Permits, People, Streams, and Forests: Comment!
Multiple high-pressure, high-volume (and therefore highly explosive should an accident happen!), fracked gas pipelines are in the works or proposed to cross several counties in West Virginia and neighboring states. Fortunately folks across the state and beyond are resisting!
For instance, people are taking time to comment to the WV DEP on the stormwater permits for the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. There were public hearings last week for the MXP stormwater permit and there are hearings tonight for the ACP stormwater permit in Buchannon, WV and on Thursday, December 21, in Dunmore, WV.
You can submit written comments on the Mountain Xpress Pipeline through Friday, December 22 and on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through New Year’s Eve.
Here’s an OVEC blog with tips for writing your own comments to DEP.
Although crafting your own individual comments is a preferred way to comment to DEP, we are thankful that our friends at WV Rivers Coalition have made it easy for you to comment online:
To get a visual sampling of what pipeline construction can do to your neighborhood, check out this blog from an early-December OVEC trip to Tyler County, WV with Bill Hughes.If all these pipelines are constructed, there’d be more fracking for the gas that the pipelines would carry. More fracking means more intense traffic problems including accidents and ruined roads; air, water and noise pollution and associated health problems from large-truck traffic, drilling and radioactive waste “disposal;” as well as the end of a rural way of life.
Fracking linked to low-weight babies
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