Press Release | August 21, 2018

VA Water Board Squanders Opportunity to Protect Virginians

RICHMOND, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement after the Virginia State Water Control Board’s decision not to take steps to amend or revoke the water certifications for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines:

“The board’s action today squandered a powerful opportunity to protect the waters in communities across Virginia,” said Southern Environmental Law Center Senior Attorney Greg Buppert. We have seen firsthand that pipeline construction in Virginia cannot be done without causing serious and permanent sedimentation problems to rivers and streams. The ACP and MVP will cross Virginia waters more than a thousand times. The people of the Commonwealth deserve better than blanket assurances that everything will be ok when the facts on the ground show that they are not.”


For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With more than 80 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region.

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Greg Buppert

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