Listen to Why This Matters

Citizens voiced their concerns at the 11/14/17 Norfolk City Council Meeting regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Fast forward to 27:30 to listen to what both sides had to say.  See below on what actions you can take to have your voice heard. You can also learn more by visiting MothersOutFront.org.

Stand Together To Protect Our Water

Suggested Email to Council Members (addresses below)

Dear City Council Member,


I’m writing today to encourage you to reject the bid for easements on City of Norfolk owned property in Suffolk for the construction of a natural gas pipeline by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC unless and until the project acquire all necessary and required permits and certifications by both Federal and State agencies.


These easements are on land that Norfolk city staff have described as being “there to support the water system” and includes the Pine Lake and Western Branch Reservoirs, both of which provide drinking water to residents. I appreciate the work the city staff have done to negotiate terms with the pipeline developers but I do not think that granting the easements at this time is the correct decision.


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has not received the required certifications to move forward with construction. One of the certifications that the pipeline is lacking, and which should be critical to City Council’s decision, is certification under section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Under the Clean Water Act, Virginia has the power to grant or deny water quality certification for the pipelines. The City of Norfolk should not grant easements to build the pipeline on land that supports our drinking water reservoirs and water system infrastructure without legal certifications that water quality will be protected. The City should not rely simply on the word of pipeline developers and list of terms approved by the developers as their assurance that water quality will be protected.


Additionally, the greenhouse gas emissions from the fracked gas associated with the pipeline’s operation would be equivalent to building 6 new coal plants each year. This pipeline, if built would further dependence on carbon emitting fossil fuels and would contribute to sea level rise which is already a major problem in cities like Norfolk. For this reason, and those mentioned above, I ask the City to reject the bid for easements on City of Norfolk owned property in Suffolk for the construction of a natural gas pipeline by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC unless and until the project acquire all necessary and required permits and certifications by both Federal and State agencies.


Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.

Suggested Call Script (phone numbers below)

Hi, my name is _______________ and I live in Norfolk. I’m calling about the issue of the City granting easements on property in Suffolk for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. I hope you will reject the bid unless and until the project acquire all necessary and required permits and certifications by both Federal and State agencies.
The city does not have a solid guarantee that water quality will be protected. It is not a good idea to put a pipeline under reservoirs that provides drinking water. As a City Council member, we hope that you will do everything in your power to protect our water supply and vote against this bid.
Thank you.
Your Name and Neighborhood

City Council Contact Information:

Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Mayor
mayor@norfolk.gov
810 Union Street, Suite 1001
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-664-4679


Martin A. Thomas, Jr., Ward 1
martin.thomas@norfolk.gov
City Hall Building
810 Union Street, Suite 1006
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-664-4268


Theresa W. Whibley, Vice Mayor,Ward 2
theresa.whibley@norfolk.gov
810 Union Street, Suite 1006
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-664-4268


Mamie B. Johnson, Ward 3
mamie.johnson@norfolk.gov
P.O. Box 7325
Norfolk, VA 23509
Ph: 757 664-4268


Paul R. Riddick, Ward 4
paul.riddick@norfolk.gov
City Hall Building
810 Union Street, Ste 1006
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-664-4268


Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Ward 5
thomas.smigiel@norfolk.gov
P.O. Box 8157
Norfolk, VA 23503
Ph: 757-531-7595


Andria P. McClellan, 

Superward 6
andria.mcclellan@norfolk.gov
810 Union Street, Suite 1006
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-664-4268


Angelia Williams Graves, Super Ward 7
angelia.williams@norfolk.gov
810 Union Street, Suite 1006
Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: 757-237-0494