DEQ puts water resources in hands of pipeline builder with long history of polluting waterways

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

Lee Francis | Communications Manager
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |

RICHMOND – Yesterday evening, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced it had approved erosion, stormwater and sediment control plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, planned to cross 106 miles of rugged, mountainous terrain in Southwest Virginia.

In response to yesterday’s action, Lee Francis, communications manager for the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“A news release sent at 7 p.m. on Monday does not necessarily signal that DEQ is proud of this decision, nor should they be. State regulators have now put the fate of our clean water resources in the hands of a pipeline builder with a long track record of environmental violations. We urge Governor Northam to abide by his pledge to hold this project, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, to the highest standards possible. Virginia’s already off to a bad start in this regard.”

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