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Regulatory activities related to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines in Virginia.

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DEQ Approves Erosion and Sediment, Stormwater, and Karst Plans for MVP to Protect Water Quality

On March 26, 2018 DEQ approved the plans for Mountain Valley Pipeline's Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Karst Protection Plans. These detailed plans specify the engineering designs required to protect water quality in all areas of the project, including karst terrain, during and after construction of the pipeline project. In response to public interest, DEQ has sent a report to the State Water Control Board detailing the approval and the requirements. A copy of the report is available at:

Over the last nine months, approximately 100 revised plans have been reviewed. DEQ began its plan review in March 2016, which continued with a more thorough review beginning in June 2017 with EEE, an independent consulting firm. No changes to the plans may be made without obtaining prior approval from DEQ. The basis for the design specifications for the plans are contained in Virginia's erosion and sediment control and stormwater management regulations. The original and revised plans can be viewed on MVP's website,, under the tab "VA DEQ Documents."
Citizens can direct questions and pollution complaints to

For more information, including the report to the Board, visit

From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: March 28, 2018 at 3:54 pm

DEQ Takes Enforcement Action Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC

March 9, 2018

Contact: Ann Regn
(804) 698-4442

RICHMOND, VA. - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP) on March 16, 2018, for failing to maintain adequate limits of disturbance during tree felling operations in violation of Virginia's State Water Control Law. These limits forbid work within buffer zones to protect stream and wetland crossings during pipeline development, and are instrumental to the protection of Virginia's environment and natural resources.

The NOV identifies violations on 15 separate sites resulting in an estimated 0.84 acres in impact to wetlands and streams.

"DEQ is watching pipeline activities closely and expects full compliance with all conditions," said David K. Paylor, Director. "We will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions like this to make sure the project complies with good environmental standards."

The NOV requires ACP representatives to contact DEQ within 10 days to discuss how to remedy the situation and explain how they will prevent future violations.

While limited tree felling is allowed, the activity cannot impact riparian areas. Furthermore, land disturbance cannot begin until all of the erosion and sediment and stormwater control plans required for all sections of the project are approved by DEQ. "The agency's review of the project has been the most thorough in the history of the Commonwealth, and the enforcement will be as rigorous," said Director Paylor.

The issuance of an NOV is the first step in triggering enforcement action by DEQ. Enforcement actions are frequently resolved with payment of a civil charge and required action to correct the violation. A copy of the NOV can be obtained on DEQ's webpage

The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline originates in West Virginia and travels through Virginia and North Carolina. The pipeline is being developed jointly by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. Though the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has independent authority over many of the procedures related to federal pipeline development, DEQ is able to exercise enforcement authority over many aspects of the project.


From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: March 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

State Water Control Board meeting procedures for proposed natural gas pipelines

Additional information is now available pertaining to participation at the December meetings of the State Water Control Board. Only those persons who submitted official public comments during the public comment period for the proposed natural gas pipelines may address the Board. Furthermore, comments are limited to responding to DEQ's summary of comments. While the Board meetings are open to the public, the space is controlled by the Henrico Fire Marshal. Those persons eligible to speak should plan to register by 9:30 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The response to comments and proposed certification conditions are included in the meeting agenda on

From: Ann Regn

Sent: November 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

State Water Control Board meeting dates announced

The State Water Control Board plans to hold two meetings in December to consider additional Section 401 water quality certification conditions for the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

Each meeting is scheduled to last about two days. On the first day of each meeting, those persons who made oral or written comments during the public comment period will have an opportunity to sign up to speak to the board under the board's policy for public participation. The official agenda containing more details will be available in early November.

Mountain Valley Pipeline: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline: 9:30 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2017, and Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will present a summary of the public comments it received and will make its recommendations to the board on the proposed additional conditions at each meeting. Also at each meeting, the board may approve, deny or amend the recommendations.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: October 03, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Erosion and sediment control plans for Franklin and Pittsylvania counties available

The erosion and sediment control plans for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline are now available for Franklin and Pittsylvania counties. These site-specific plans address disturbance related to pipeline construction, including access roads and construction lay-down areas. DEQ is reviewing the plans to ensure that they meet the design requirements contained in Virginia's erosion, sediment and stormwater regulations. The deadline for public input is October 22, 2017. For more information, see

From: Ann Regn

Sent: September 22, 2017 at 10:57 am