Stand with Union Hill. The Air Pollution Control Board voted to delay the decision and open a limited new comment period on the Buckingham Compressor Station at the meeting on December 19. The comment period is open until January 4 – please sign this petition to the Air Board by January 4 – petition can be found here.
Join resistance efforts. If you are in the Richmond area, the Virginia Pipeline Resisters hold demonstrations every Wednesday behind the Governor’s Office. Follow the Water Is Life. Protect It. Coalition, which posts some actions and has a list of resistance groups across the state (the group list is in the about section of the Facebook page). For more resources and an additional list of groups fighting the pipelines across the state, see the Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance.
Support legislation that mandates a moratorium on new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure and a just transition to clean, renewable energy. Call and meet with your legislators to ask them to support or even co-sponsor the bill HB1635, which would establish a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects (like pipelines) and mandate Virginia’s electricity come from 100% renewable energy by 2035. More legislative actions will be posted here as the 2019 Session nears and progresses.
Call, email, and write Governor Northam telling him to direct 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; and to call for the State Water Control Board to revoke the pipelines’ 401 certification permits, which the Board failed to do at their August 2018 meeting despite the wealth of comments proving the insufficiency of the Nationwide Permit 12 used in the 401 certification process. 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. Point out that multiple permits have been suspended or vacated for the pipelines because courts have determined that the regulatory agencies erred in issuing the permits, proving that these regulatory agencies that the Governor claims to rely on have already failed. Also point out the letter from the Governor’s own Advisory Council on Environmental Justice – the Council delivered this letter to Governor Northam after they found racial and economic targeting to be involved with the routing of the pipelines and that the evaluation of water quality impacts had been inadequate. The Governor has ignored this letter thus far.
The 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, direct DEQ to stop work, and call for the State Water Control Board to revoke the 401 certification and the Air Pollution Control Board to deny the Buckingham compressor station air permit. You can find your legislators here.
Contact the State Water Control Board telling them they still must revoke the 401 certification permits for the pipelines, especially in light of the erosion and sediment control failures already occurring for the MVP which have resulted in water contamination, 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. Cite also the suspension and vacating of multiple federal permits for both pipelines, proving that regulatory agencies have erred in issuing permits for the pipelines, and the wealth of comments submitted that showed evidence of the insufficiency of the Nationwide Permit 12 which has now been proven by the NWP12’s permits being suspended for both pipelines.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **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 – email@example.com
Melanie Davenport – Melanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
James Golden – email@example.com
Cindy Berndt – firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please fill out the form on the contact page or contact email@example.com if you need more detailed talking points for contacting the Governor, legislators, the State Water Control Board, and the DEQ
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.