Call, email, and write Governor Northam telling him to call for the DEQ to use its full authority under section 401 of the Clean Water Act and under state law to stop work NOW on the pipelines. Cite threats to water quality and the current erosion and sediment control failures already occurring for the MVP which have resulted in water contamination, the inept handling of the pipeline permitting process by the DEQ, the lack of necessity for the pipelines, the inevitable negative economic and public health impacts, and how those impacts will disproportionately affect communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities, as well as women.
Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218
Email the Governor here
Contact your state legislators as well, urging them to tell Governor Northam to stand against the pipelines and direct DEQ to stop work. You can find your legislators here.
Contact the State Water Control Board telling them to call a meeting and revoke permits for the pipelines immediately, especially in light of the erosion and sediment control failures already occurring for the MVP which have resulted in water contamination; and the inadequate response to these failures by the DEQ and the inept handling of the pipeline permitting process by the DEQ that resulted in these failures and will result in the same failures for the ACP.
Email: email@example.com **be sure to use ‘ATTN: State Water Control Board’ in the subject line, and request that your comment go to the Board immediately instead of being held and given to the Board at the next meeting
Call and email the DEQ telling them they must use their full authority under Section 401 under the Clean Water Act and under state law to stop work NOW on the pipelines, citing reasons listed above.
Phone: (804) 698-4000 – ask for your message to go to Director David Paylor, Water Permitting Division Director Melanie Davenport, Director of Operations James Golden, and Regulatory Affairs/Citizen Boards person Cindy Berndt.
Emails for the above:
David Paylor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Davenport – Melanie.email@example.com
James Golden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Berndt – email@example.com
**Please fill out the form on the contact page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more detailed talking points for contacting the Governor, legislators, the State Water Control Board, and the DEQ
Join resistance efforts. If you are in the Richmond area, the Virginia Pipeline Resisters hold demonstrations every Wednesday behind the Governor’s Office. For more resources and a list of groups fighting the pipelines across the state, see the Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance. The Water Is Life. Protect It. Coalition also provides a list of groups (the list is in the about section of the Facebook page).
Donate to pipeline resistance efforts. Resistance efforts and those fighting legal challenges need support. The Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice has been set up to provide donations to all efforts.