Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Released on the MVP


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project.  This means we are in a new phase of the projects and it is important that everyone review the document and submit comments to the FERC.  All comments must be received on or before December 22, 2016.  You can file comments by:

  • using the eComment feature on the FERC website (for brief comments and no account registration required)
  • using the eFiling feature (allow you to attach documents and you must create an account) — make sure to use Comment on a Filing as the filing type
  • sending a paper copy to the commission (make sure you reference the docket number CP16-10-0000 in your letter) to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426
  • attending a public comment session and provide oral comments – all meetings begin at 5 p.m. (they will allow speakers to sign up until 8 p.m., each speaker is allotted 3 minutes and the meeting will end at 10 p.m.).  Important Note:  According to the filing “Individual verbal comments will be taken on a one-on-one basis with a stenographer (with FERC staff or representative present), called up in the order of the numbers received” — the public will NOT be allowed to hear the comments; this is another way for the FERC to try and limit our participation and is, in our opinion, absolutely appalling. The dates and locations for these sessions are:
    • Tuesday, November 1st, Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham, VA
    • Tuesday, November 1st, Lewis County High School, 205 Minuteman Drive, Weston, WV
    • Wednesday, November 2nd, Franklin County High School, 700 Taynard Road, Rocky Mount, VA
    • Wednesday, November 2nd, Nicholas County High School, 30 Grizzly Road, Summersville, WV
    • Thursday, November 3rd, Sheraton Hotel, 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA
    • Thursday, November 3rd, Peterstown Elementary School, 108 College Drive, Peterstown, WV
    • Wednesday, November 9th, California Area High School, 11 Trojan Way, Coal Center, PA

mvp_deisThe documents for the DEIS include (please note these are large documents and will take some time to download):

The Impact of the MVP: One Citizen’s View

Judee Rauchle from Preserve Franklin was kind enough to allow us to share the presentation she made on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. We appreciate her letting us post her comments and the time she took in preparing this.

Good afternoon, Gentlemen. I thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of Preserve Franklin. I’m Judith Rauchle…My husband and I have owned land and lived on Cahas Mountain Road for over a decade now. So far, the route for the pipeline does not go through our property, but this affects all of us in Franklin County. I’m concerned for all of us and for your children and grandchildren who will inherit the results of our decisions.

We citizens of Preserve Franklin have a multitude of very legitimate concerns…….not the least of which is that some would be forced to surrender property via eminent domain….but not constitutional eminent domain for the public use or good, but “Eminent Domain for Private Gain”….since it ultimately benefits only the private gas companies. And if we think otherwise, we’re being deceived. [Read more…]