The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued September 4 a new Biological Opinion (BiOp) and Incidental Take Statement (ITC) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. An earlier BiOp and ITC had been subject to legal challenges in 2019. The process of writing a new BiOp and ITC has been proceeding for an extended period. In the newly released BiOp and ITC, FWS has concluded that the project “as proposed” is not expected to endanger the survival of animals such as the Roanoke logperch, candy darter and northern long-eared bat. For a copy of the 362-page document, click here.
Fish and Wildlife Service Issues New Biological Opinion for MVP