Virginia DEQ Meeting in Newport


"The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to add two informal meetings on Aug. 10 related to the department’s draft conditions for water quality certification sought by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Formal public hearings are still scheduled for Aug. 8 in Radford and Aug. 9 in Chatham." 

Giles County and neighboring county residents are strongly urged to attend the August 10 meeting in Newport with Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and elected officials. Demand action from Director David Paylor and DEQ to protect Virginia's essential resource. Residents on non-public wells and springs are at risk from Mountain Valley Pipeline's interstate fracked-gas transmission line - a project with no public benefit for threatened communities. Damage from construction could lead to contamination, costly well repairs, and loss of property value. Pipeline construction disasters are happening across the country as irresponsible contractors race to overbuild. Their boom. Our busted wells.

  • When: Thursday, August 10, 12:00-3:00 PM. Expect a large turnout. Please carpool and arrive early. Meeting begins at 1:00 PM. UPDATE: Please be aware that the Newport Fair will be set up at the Community Center. Carpooling is highly recommended as parking will be limited. 
  • What to Bring: Multiple copies of comments to be submitted to DEQ and elected officials in opposition to construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline across our springs and streams. Bring your No MVP signs! Bring clean and safe drinking water from your source.
  • What to Wear: Show unity in opposition by wearing your pipeline-fighter shirts.
  • Who to Invite: Anyone who drinks water, feeds livestock, or fishes in our streams.

Formal public hearings are still scheduled for Aug. 8 in Radford and Aug. 9 in Chatham. Visit DEQ Website for details here: Protection Requirements for Pipelines.

If you cannot attend but would like to support our turnout efforts, please donate to Preserve Giles County!