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Protect Virginia Waters


Pipeline construction by Terry WildTwo massive, fracked-gas pipelines being proposed in Virginia would harm our vital watersheds and valued landscapes, from the Appalachian mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.  The risky and unnecessary Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline pose some of the greatest threats to our health and environment in decades.

In reviewing the industry’s applications for these projects, the Department of Environmental Quality bungled the process terribly, leaving our streams, rivers and drinking water vulnerable to permanent damage.

In December, the citizen members of the State Water Control Board approved the pipelines — but only on the condition that numerous, outstanding studies on water impacts be completed and approved.  

We need to send a loud, clear message calling on our next Governor to use his full power to correct the process and protect our waters.


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• Pipeline construction would cross more than 1,400 waterways in Virginia and dump thousands of tons of mud — and possibly other contaminants — into our drinking water supplies.

• The 42-inch diameter pipelines — the largest ever to scale steep Appalachian slopes — would cut across the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway and two national forests.

• They would cross earthquake zones and rip through hundreds of family farms, unfairly taking private property for corporate gain.

• They would pose health and safety threats to thousands of Virginians along the routes, disproportionately affecting low-income people, senior citizens, and communities of color.

• They would emit as much climate pollution as 46 coal-fired power plants, and hamper continued growth of clean energy jobs in the commonwealth.