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Mountain Valley Pipeline and Equitrans Expansion Project Draft Supplemental EIS #50036

Commenting on This Project

The Mountain Valley Pipeline Project proposed action that is specific to National Forest System lands is to construct and operate a buried 42-inch natural gas pipeline across approximately 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest. The Forest Service, as the lead agency, and the Bureau of Land Management as the Federal cooperating agency, both have decisions to be made. 

Publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register initiates a public comment period on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that ends 45 days following the publication of the notice; and, the publication date of the NOA is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. Names submitted with comments will become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act. 

Descriptions of types of comments:

Comment letter: A submission that contains comments: deliverable by email, postal mail, and web form, etc.

Comment: A point made in a letter. Letters can contain many comments.

Unique letter: Being the only one of its kind; unlike any other letter received.

Petition: Cover letter with signatures- We consider a petition any letter that then has a set of signatures attached (not multiple signatures on the letter but actually attached to the letter).

Names and/or contact information will not be entered into the CARA database for each person signed onto the letter in the attachment. A response (if warranted) would only be provided to the individual that signed (or sponsored) the letter and it is their responsibility to disseminate that information to those on the petition.  Examples of this are cover letters expressing/supporting an opinion with a spreadsheet attached with names contact information (not required) and a comment in agreement with the overall comments in the cover letter.

Form Letter (duplicate letter): A form letter is any letter type (e.g., an email attachment, an excel hard copy) that contains the exact same information as another letter except for the commenter’s name (who it is from).

To ensure each form letter is coded correctly into the database it is advised that they are entered individually (not as large batch attachments). When form letters are attached in batches to one entry they may not be numbered in the way the submitters have anticipated.

The stereotypical form letter is from a special interest group that creates a letter and their followers all submit that letter or post cards with pre-written text that is duplicate of other post cards.

Form Plus: A form plus letter is any letter type (email attachment excel hard copy) that contains the exact same information as another letter except for the commenter’s name (who it is from) and a few sentence that disqualify the letter for  sorting as a Form Letter.

To ensure each form plus letter is coded correctly into the database it is advised that they are entered individually (not as large batch attachments). When form letters are attached in batches to one entry they may not be numbered in the way the submitters have anticipated.

The stereotypical form plus letter is from a special interest group that creates a letter or post card and their followers all submit that letter and the submitter has added a statement such as “thank you for taking the time to work on this project”.

Substantive formal comment: Comments are considered substantive when they are within the scope of the proposal, are specific to the proposal, have a direct relationship to the proposal, and include supporting reasons for the responsible official to consider (36 CFR 219.62).

Submitting Comments

If you wish to submit a comment, please send it to:

Ken Arney, Southern Region, Regional Forester
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units
5162 Valleypointe Parkway , Roanoke, VA, 24019
1-888-603-0261