The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 3-2 on December 14 to approve a water quality certificate for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Two members were not present. The project still needs a water certificate from West Virginia, which is expected to act by December 31,
Twenty-two conservation groups, including ABRA and several of its members, filed comments on November 19 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the permit application for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to cross rivers and streams under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
- – Charleston Gazette-Mail – 9/15/21
- – Virginia Mercury – 8/31/21
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff has given an initial o.k. to the proposal for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to change the method of crossing waterbodies and wetlands from open-cut dry crossings (as originally approved by FERC in issuing the project a certificate) to trenchless methods,
- – Charleston gazette-Mail – 8/17/21
- – E&E Energywire – 7/12/21
Fifteen conservation organizations, including ABRA, wrote the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on June 21 arguing that the agency must require certification under section 401 of the Clean Water Act for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to tunnel under nearly 100 streams and wetlands in Virginia.
West Virginia Rivers Coalition, an ABRA member, released this week an excellent video documenting the serious stream sediment violations – 50 incidents – that have occurred because of construction activity of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The video (2 ½ minutes) depicts the significant inadequacy of the MVP’s attempts to control dangerous sediment from fouling West Virginia streams and rivers that are in the path of the project.
- – NPR (audio w/ transcript) – 6/24/21