Transco Petition, Page 1 of 2
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Fauquier County, VA -- Today, Food & Water Action submitted a formal petition demanding a project-specific state-led review of the Transcontinental Southeastern Trail Expansion’s impacts to all local waterways that will be affected by construction. The petition’s asks include a public hearing and comment period led by the state. Virginia State Water Control Board Member Heather Wood and DEQ Director David Paylor are recipients of the petition, which urges them to hold themselves accountable to the communities they serve as they press for more attention to their own health and safety.
The project has moved ahead thanks to irresponsible permitting practices and a non-site-specific review process performed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) and Army Corps of Engineers, both of which are notorious for rubber stamping pipelines.
Meanwhile, there has been no real avenue for public input, despite how deeply the project will impact the communities it runs through, potentially tainting water and threatening public health. Although there was a public comment period for the Coastal Zone Management Federal Certification, it was not well-publicized and did not give an opportunity for public discussion specifically about waterways, which both construction and pipeline operations will deeply affect.
“It is unjust and undemocratic to force a pipeline on these communities without giving any opportunity for meaningful public input,” says Jolene Mafnas, Virginia organizer at Food & Water Action. “Our petition seeks to remedy that by demanding a public hearing and comment period, allowing community members to speak to the impact this pipeline will have on waterways in their home counties. Gas pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary, poisoning communities while perpetuating the fracked gas industry and climate change itself. Virginians refuse to let the fossil fuel industry contaminate their waterways and stifle public dissent. We’ve had enough and we’re rising up.”