Eight conservation groups have urged the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a a certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act for the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s requested approval of new waterbody crossing methods for the project.
- – E&E Energywire, 5-6-21
- – E&E Energywire – 3/19/21
- – Virginia Mercury – 1/27/21
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.
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.
- – WVVA – 3/6/19
Attorneys representing 10 local, state and regional organizations sent a letter on February 28 to the members of the Virginia State Water Control Board, urging the Board to start promptly a process to revoke the water quality certification issued for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down an appeal of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC)’s December 2017 approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The case had been brought by Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Chesapeake Climate Action Network,
A dozen members of the Virginia House of Delegates and two state Senators wrote Governor Northam on July 26 urging him “to direct the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to revoke and decertify the 401 certifications for both upland areas and for the Nationwide Permit 12,