"For new interstate pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates construction and the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates safety. FERC is responsible for evaluating if interstate gas pipeline projects should be constructed pursuant to the Natural Gas Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)." FERC has established Docket No. CP16-10-000 for information related to the Mountain Valley Project."
"The federal pipeline safety statutes found at 49 U.S.C. § 60101 et seq., require the Secretary of Transportation ("Secretary") to establish minimum federal safety standards for pipeline transportation and pipeline facilities. The Secretary is further authorized to delegate to an appropriate state agency the authority to prescribe safety standards and enforce compliance with such standards over jurisdictional pipeline facilities used for intrastate transportation. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has designated the State Corporation Commission ("Commission") as the appropriate state agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia to prescribe and enforce compliance with standards for jurisdictional pipeline facilities used for intrastate transportation." https://www.scc.virginia.gov/urs/pipe/index.aspx
The Division of Utility and Railroad Safety of the VA SCC can be contacted below:
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (See scheduled closings)
Mail: Division of Utility and Railroad Safety
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 371-9980
Toll-free: (within Virginia) 1-800-552-7945
Fax: (804) 371-9734
Physical Address: Division of Utility and Railroad Safety
Tyler Building, 4th floor
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Have questions or concerns about public roads or bridges impacted by Mountain Valley Pipeline?
VDOT Website (Virginia Department of Transportation), 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
Contact: Ashley C. Smith, P.E.
Office Phone: 540-387-5423
Cell Phone: 540-526-7562
Have questions about water quality or erosion and sediment control?
Virginia DEQ Website on Pipelines
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
C/O Hannah Zegler
Pollution and Compliance Complaints (This information can also be found at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/MVP.aspx)
DEQ only has authority over certain aspects of this project, but is coordinating its inspections, investigations and compliance efforts with other state and federal agencies. For the fastest resolution of your concern, please direct your report to the appropriate regulatory agency:
Water pollution: erosion, sedimentation, runoff and stormwater—DEQ
Oil spills, waste management—DEQ
Wetlands and stream crossings—US Army Corps of Engineers
Forest buffers or tree cutting—FERC
Wildlife, migratory birds and bats—FERC
Cultural resources, easements, boundaries and land access—FERC
Karst, surface water withdrawals and other upland conditions—DEQ &/or FERC
Reporting Pollution or Non-compliance Incidents
Using the on-line reporting form, please describe the situation and give a specific location. After submittal, you will receive a Reference ID # that can be used to review the status of your report. Each month, the pollution and permit database will be available for download to see the list of investigations and their status.
State Water Control Board has decided to provide a 30-day written public comment opportunity for Virginia citizens. See the full notice at http://TownHall.virginia.gov//l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=828. The sole purpose of the written public comment period is for interested persons to submit technical comments and/or information for the MVP and ACP projects relevant to:
1) the sufficiency of the Corps NWP 12 permit's general and regional conditions, as they relate to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s);
2) the sufficiency of the Corps NWP 12 permit authorization for each project, as related to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s); and/or
3) the sufficiency of the Commonwealth's § 401 water quality certification of NWP 12, as related to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s).
General Notice: Public Notice – Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Projects – State Water Control Board Request for Technical Information on Specific Wetland and/or Stream Crossings
Office of Public Information / firstname.lastname@example.org / (804)698-4000.
Franklin County has no permitting authority or project oversight for the Mountain Valley Project, however if you still have questions related to the project please feel free to contact Steven Sandy, Franklin County Director of Planning & Community Development at 540-483-3027 or by email at Steve Sandy or Captain Justin Sigmon, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.