Pipeline Update: News and Actions
2018 is shaping up to be an intense year for natural gas pipelines. Right now, WV Rivers is monitoring the environmental permitting and public comment process for 4 pipelines, all of which could be constructed this year. As construction begins, our focus will shift from scrutinizing the permitting process to active water quality monitoring and watchdogging of permit compliance. Already, we’re using strict monitoring requirements to hold developers accountable. Just last month, we secured rigorous monitoring requirements for a fracking waste landfill.
More than ever, volunteer water quality monitors will be crucial for stream protection. Volunteer monitors are on the front lines and are often the first to detect pollution. Get involved! Sign up to learn about upcoming volunteer water quality monitoring opportunities.
Below, you’ll find the latest news and status updates on 4 pipelines, including an opportunity to comment on the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project.
Mountain Valley Pipeline. The MVP is a 300-mile, 42-inch pipeline. It has been approved by both the WVDEP and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This week, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on behalf of WV Rivers and partners, filed an appeal of FERC’s decision in a federal court. Also filed was a motion to stay the start of MVP construction. Learn more here and here.
Mountaineer Gas Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. The Eastern Panhandle Pipeline is a 23-mile, 10-inch pipeline. It is awaiting WVDEP’s approval of its stormwater permit.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The ACP is a 600-mile, 42-inch pipeline. It is awaiting WVDEP’s approval of its stormwater permit and it has received one of two required federal permits.
Mountaineer XPress Pipeline. The MXP is a 170-mile, 36-inch pipeline. It is awaiting WVDEP’s approval of its stormwater permit. It has received one of two required federal permits.