Twenty conservation organizations (including ABRA and several of its members), urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on September 13 to require a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) regarding the project’s application for an amendment to its FERC certificate. The groups’ filing – submitted jointly by Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Southern Environmental Law Center and Natural Resources Defense Council – was in response to FERC’s solicitation on August 13 of comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) published by the agency. The groups’ comments explained that the EA falls short of what is required by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA):
“The supplemental NEPA document for this project must be a Supplemental Environmental impact Statement, rather than an EA. Moreover, the EA’s consideration of the impacts of open-cut ditch crossings on aquatic resources and its alternatives analysis are fatally deficient, and the EA fails to sufficiently examine geological conditions and the risk of borehole collapse, the climate impacts of the project, the cumulative effects of connected actions related to the MVP, and the impacts on special wetland resources like those on Bent Mountain in Virginia”
For a copy of the comments, click here.