Published with permission from Marge Lewter of Craig County, Virginia.
Dear Governor Northam,
I supported you in the recent election because I knew you were an honest and concerned person. I know you recently met with the Virginia DEQ supporting their PROTECTION and PRESERVATION of our water supplies.
I plead with you to take a moment to see what devastating activities are happening already with the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The last minute tree pipeline clearing, the restrictions on citizens from being on their own property and in the national forest, the blatant disregard for deadlines and the changing of the restrictions agreed upon by FERC and the Forest Service is just an example of what is to come. They have not started excavating yet and it is not too late for you to stop this process!
All three river systems in Virginia will be affected by the impending sedimentation, not to mention the disruption of our natural pure water in the underground karst reservoir in western VA.
Another recent example of the disregard for anything else but their own agenda is the FERC has allowed changing the deadlines for tree clearing with disregard for previously agreed upon dates that will affect migratory birds in Virginia.
YOU have the power to step back and take a look at this for the citizens of Virginia. It is your duty and responsibility so please act without delay!
Marjorie M. Lewter, DVM
Craig County Virginia