ROANOKE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- People interested in submitting comments to the U.S. Forest Service about allowing surveys in the national forests for natural gas pipeline projects have until Monday to do so.
The USFS is accepting comments to help it decide on whether or not to issue a permit for environmental and cultural resource surveys within the George Washington National Forest.
Environmental groups are asking the USFS to deny the request to survey until Dominion Resources and the other energy companies associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline consider alternatives that do not cross national forest lands and the companies can clearly explain why the ACP cannot be reasonable accommodated off Forest Service lands.
There is also the Mountain Valley Pipeline project that would cross forest lands in Virginia and West Virginia.
According to environmental groups, the pipeline projects threaten rare species, fragment habitat, isolate animal populations and increase forest edge as well as allow for the invasion of non-native species and disease.
The groups also say the projects will threaten water quality and the karst topography throughout the region, as well as degrade scenic and recreational values.
Comments can be submitted by mail to USDA Forest Service, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Survey Comments, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.