Virginia certification of MVP water crossings still uncertain

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has responded to a May 13 request from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as to whether DEQ intended to require for the Mountain Valley Pipeline a new certificate under section 401 of the Clean Water Act concerning the project’s proposal to change the waterbody crossing method for the project at 120 stream or river crossings,

VA DEQ Denies Water Quality Certification for MVP Under Army Corps Plan

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has denied water quality certification under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 Permit program (NWP12) for any natural gas pipeline “greater than 36 inches inside diameter.”  The judgment was part of a December 21 letter from DEQ to the Army Corps’ Norfolk District Office that was released January 4. 

WVDEP Approves Modified 401 Certification of Nationwide Permits

On April 24th the West Virginia Department of Environment Protection (WVDEP) approved its modification of the state’s 401 Certification of the Army Corps of Engineers’ 404 Nationwide Permits. In its approval, WVDEP decided against the proposed Standard Condition 22 that would have allowed it to waive or modify any standard or special condition which would have set a very bad precedent.