The Appalachian Trail (AT) would be threatened by the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) “with impact at such an unprecedented scale, we must oppose this project to our greatest ability,” stated the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in comments made to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on November 3. The ATC calls the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) “severely deficient” and disputes FERC’s claim that the MVP would have no visual impact on the AT. The ATC comments, delivered by Andrew Downs, Regional Director in the organization’s Roanoke, VA office, urged FERC to:
- Fully evaluate the visual impacts of the proposed MVP in a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement;
- Properly evaluate the cumulative impact of the MVP and any other pipeline projects would have on the AT; and
- Offer a supplemental DEIS for any Forest Plan standard that would not be met by any aspect of the proposed project, with a 90-day public comment period.