How to Comment on State and Federal Permits

Public participation is an essential step in holding regulators and project managers accountable. These guides will help you submit your informed comments to the proper agencies. Thank you for making your views known to regulators. For guidance, click below on the name of the agency you wish to contact.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

United State Forest Service (USFS)

Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

This guide is a joint project of Appalachian Voices, Virginia Pipeline Resisters, and POWHR (Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights), with additional assistance from Indian Creek Watershed Association and Mountain Valley Watch. We will update each section with sample comments, deadlines and talking points relevant to environmental quality permits impacting communities across Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and neighboring states. Please share with grassroots environmental justice organizers in your area!

If you have questions, please contact Russell Chisholm ( Jessica Sims (, Appalachian Voices) or Stacy Lovelace (, Virginia Pipeline Resisters).