WV Rivers News: Mountain Valley Pipeline Stream Crossing Permit, WV in the Federal Policy Spotlight
URGENT: Your Comments Needed on MVP’s Request to Cross Streams – Act by May 28
Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in Virginia over sensitive karst terrain.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is back at it, attempting to construct their pipeline through our headwater streams, under rivers and across wetlands. Right now, the Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing a request to allow them to proceed with waterbody crossings. Read our full comments to the Army Corps of Engineers on the request, and learn how to submit your comments here.
If you’ve been following this story for the past 6 years, (read our recent blog on the current state of the MVP) you’ll remember that MVP’s stream crossing permit was vacated by the court because they could not meet the conditions of the general permit, the Nationwide 12, which covers activities related to pipeline construction. Now, MVP is applying for a more site-specific, individual permit in an attempt to complete construction through the 600 waterbodies that have yet to be crossed, which includes some of the biggest rivers, steepest terrain and most sensitive habitats.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is four years behind schedule, $3 billion over budget and has already incurred over 300 water violations and $2.7 million in fines between the two Virginias. It’s time to kick this ill-conceived project to the curb once and for all before any further damage is done. Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that this project is not in the public interest and they must deny MVP’s request.
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