Forest Service seeks comment on allowing pipeline surveys

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comments on whether or not to issue a permit for environmental and cultural resource surveys in the George Washington National Forest.

The surveys deal with both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline, two proposed natural gas pipeline projects.

"The information gathered from these surveys are necessary to make future decisions on whether or not to allow the construction and operation of the proposed pipeline on the George Washington National Forest," said Job Timm, the acting Forest Supervisor, in an interview.

According to Wild Virginia, the USFS should deny any request to survey in the national forests until Dominion Resources considers and analyzes an alternative that does not cross national forest lands and the company can articulate why the project cannot be reasonably accommodated off National Forest Service lands.

The organization says both proposed pipelines will threaten rare species, fragment habitat, isolate populations and increase forest edge.

This can allow for the invasion of non-native species as well as disease, threaten water quality and karst topography, degrade scenic and recreational values, and threaten communities.

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 comments-southern-georgewashington-jefferson@fs.fed.us.

Comments need to be submitted by March 21.



 
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