Your comment will be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
We strongly urge the USFS and Army Corps of Engineers to prevent unnecessary damage to Jefferson National Forest and reject MVP’s 404 permit request.
Allowing the Forest Service to break 11 of its own rules to accommodate Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, sets an alarming precedent for similar rule-breaking on national forests across the country. These exceptions run counter to the Forest Service’s mandate to “sustain healthy, diverse and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations.”
We implore the U.S. Forest Service to select Alternative (1) “No Action” and reject the proposed 11 changes.
Additionally, we are concerned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not sufficiently evaluated the impact of permanent and temporary discharges of dredged and fill material into streams and wetlands resulting from MVP, LLC’s construction activities.
We believe the serious, cumulative potential negative impacts to water resources and our climate from this project far outweigh any potential benefits and that the project is adverse to the public interest.
We again ask that the Corps deny this 404 permit requested by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC.