West Virginia Considering Relaxing Stream Crossing Standards

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has opened a public comment period on proposed modifications to the West Virginia 401 Water Quality Certification for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nationwide Permits, one of which is being proposed to assure that the conditions of the permit do not prevent a company from using more environmentally protective methods. 

Army Corps Suspends Permit for MVP Crossing Some WV Rivers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has informed the corporation building the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MP) that it was partially suspending an important permit allowing the company to build the pipeline through streams in West Virginia. The action took place after Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad) notified the Corps that MVP had admitted that it could not complete construction of several major stream crossings in the 72 hours required as a special condition for West Virginia as part of Nationwide Permit 12.