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The two-day public meetings will be held in Richmond. During the first day of each meeting, people who weighed in about the pipelines during a formal public comment period can sign up to address the board. As envisioned, Regn said, the second day of each meeting will feature DEQ’s recommendations.

As interstate pipelines, the projects need approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Most observers believe FERC will approve both pipelines based on commission history. But the projects also need other permits and authorizations to proceed.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline would have the most significance for the Roanoke region. It would start in West Virginia and pass through 11 counties there before traveling through the Virginia counties of Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania. It would end at the Transco pipeline near Chatham.

Pipeline opponents have criticized DEQ’s approach to assessing the water quality impacts of the two 42-inch diameter buried pipelines, which would cross hundreds of streams and wetlands, burrow through areas rife with sinkholes and caves, travel steep slopes, and require blasting for trenching in areas of shallow bedrock.

“DEQ still has a responsibility to recommend denial if protection is not assured and, despite its failure to conduct fair and transparent processes so far, I still have hope that the governor will insist DEQ follow the law and the science,” Sligh said. “If he does so, then DEQ will have no choice but to recommend denial.”

Rick Shingles, active in pipeline opposition in Giles County, noted that independent hydrogeologists have identified geologic hazards that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would encounter in Monroe County, West Virginia, and in Giles, Craig, Montgomery and Roanoke counties — including areas of karst landscapes, steep slopes and the Giles County Seismic Zone — that he said pose significant threats to the quantity and quality of surface waters and groundwater.

Critics described the corps’ nationwide permit as a streamlined “blanket permit.” According to the corps, the permits “provide expedited review of projects that have minimal impact on the aquatic environment” and authorize activities with limited cumulative adverse environmental impacts.

Mark Haviland, a spokesman for the Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that the agency is reviewing applications from Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast and evaluating whether the corps’ review will be guided by its Nationwide 12 permitting program. He said nothing to date suggests the corps would adopt another approach.

On Sept. 7, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reported it was withdrawing and re-evaluating the 401 water quality certification granted in March to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The action followed a lawsuit that argued the department’s analysis of the project’s effects on water quality in West Virginia had been inadequate.

A week later, North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality notified Atlantic Coast Pipeline that the department needed more information about a host of water quality concerns before evaluating the company’s application for water quality certification. A certification decision about the Atlantic Coast project, slated to travel through part of North Carolina, had been expected Sept. 18.

“Our state contains a wealth of water resources that are absolutely too precious to put at risk with these massive fracked-gas pipelines,” Reilly said. “The individual citizens that make up the Virginia State Water Control Board hold the hefty responsibility of voting either for our water or against it.”