Richmond, VA -- Just a day after Virginia residents submitted a petition demanding the Virginia DEQ for a more extensive state-led review of the Transcontinental Southeastern Trail Expansion Project, Virginia Waters & Wetlands, a Fauquier County-based environmental consulting firm, has submitted a formal suspension request to FERC for one of the Transco project’s key permits.
In their letter, Virginia Waters & Wetlands requests that the Nationwide Permit 12 be suspended for reconsideration in light of certain information from the permit found to be “materially incomplete” and “materially false.” In their application, Transco claims they’ve already taken wetlands, open waters, and streams in need of protection into account for their pipeline route-- but the environmental firm called this claim into question. Citing that Transco failed to disclose a conservation easement and an important drainage system along the pipeline route, the firm has asked that the Army Corp of Engineer suspend construction of the Transco project.
“It’s absurd how close the destructive Transco project is to beginning construction, thanks to rubber stamp agencies like FERC and the Army Corps of Engineers,” says Jolene Mafnas, Virginia organizer for Food & Water Action. “Worse yet, our Virginia DEQ has been asleep at the wheel and completely abdicated their responsibility to conduct a state-led review that could serve to review important mistakes like these, which the parent companies clearly didn’t want brought to anyone’s attention in the review process. This just goes to show that these companies and federal agencies are putting profit over both clean water and vital conservation efforts. We are calling for Governor Northam’s administration to move swiftly to revoke its state Permit 12 certification and halt the construction of the pipeline.