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by Duane Nichols on October 17, 2021

Wild Virginia, WV Rivers, Greenbrier River Watershed Assn., et al.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE IS TOO LARGE, TOO LONG AND TOO DANGEROUS

Information from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, October 14, 2021

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Join the “Rally for Our Water, Stop MVP” online event

Host for This Meeting is the Wild Virginia Group

DATE & TIME — October 20, 2021 ~ 7:00 PM

Wild Virginia will host a webinar presenting a series of speakers and providing information about the opportunity for the public to affect the decision by the Virginia State Water Control Board about the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Our featured speaker will be Karenna Gore, the founder and executive director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. She has also worked as a lawyer, a writer, and director of community relations for the Association to Benefit Children.

More information and registration HERE

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Public Hearing Preparation hosted by WV Rivers, October 26, 2021 ~ 7:30 PM

The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting public hearings for Mountain Valley Pipeline’s stream crossing permit. This webinar will help you prepare your comments by detailing what factors the Army Corps is considering and how to provide effective comments.

During the prep session we’ll share information on: (1) how virtual public hearings work, (2) what to expect during the hearing, (3) how to prepare your comments, and (4) what happens after the hearing is over.

Register HERE To Learn & Prepare

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Public Hearings in WV & VA

November 1, 2021 ~ 6:00 PM ~ West Virginia
November 4, 2021 ~ 6:00 PM ~ Virginia

The Army Corps of Engineers will be holding virtual public hearings on the Mountain Valley Pipeline for residents in West Virginia and Virginia.

These hearings are on the pipeline’s request to cross streams and wetlands – which means activities that dredge stream beds, dam creeks, drill under rivers, and destroy wetland soils.

Read our fact sheet on the virtual public hearing and example comments.

Don’t allow industry to speak for you! We need to show the Army Corps that West Virginians and Virginians have valid concerns about the water quality implications of the pipeline. We can guarantee that the pipeline company, and proponents of the oil and gas industry will speak during the hearing. Don’t let them be the only voice!

You must preregister to join the virtual public hearing. To register send email:
CELRP-MVP@usace.army.mil with subject “RSVP to Speak at West Virginia Public Hearing” or “RSVP to Speak at Virginia Public Hearing” include your full name, email address, and contact phone number with area code.

Notice of Virtual Hearing from US Army Corps of Engineers HERE

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Greenbrier River Watershed Association, 120 W. Washington St. Suite #4, Lewisburg, WV 24901

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Natural Gas Plants are Worse When Supply Chain is Considered

Draft Air Quality Permit of Longview II Gas-Fired Power Plant Now Up for Comment

From Duane Nichols, Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition & WV Sierra Club, October 16, 2021

​JOIN THE ON-LINE MEETING, SIGN UP TO SPEAK, AND/OR SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS

Longview II Power, now renamed as Mountain State Clean Energy (MSCE), has proposed a new 1200-MW (or is it 1300 MW) gas-fired power plant adjacent to their current 700-MW coal-fired plant in the Fort Martin community in Monongalia County. The plant would emit over 5 million tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year, and this does not include upstream natural gas emissions from wells, pipelines, etc. to produce the natural gas to fire the plant.

The draft air pollution permit would allow emissions of 210 Tons per year (TPY) of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), 39.9 TPY Sulfur Dioxide, 321 TPY NOx, 276 TPY Carbon Monoxide, 141 TPY Volatile Organic Compounds, and 23.3 TPY Hazardous Air Pollutants.

An on-line public hearing will be held 6:00 p.m. on Tues., October 19, 2021. Register by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Register at https://forms.gle/Cwev9iQPtieG8cU46

Alternatively, you can email comments to Edward.S.Andrews@wv.gov with “Mountain State Clean Energy Comments” in the subject line, or Mail hard copy comments to: Edward Andrews, WV Dept of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality, 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304. Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021.

Here are some of the issues identified with the existing draft permit:

#1 — WV-DEP should include “upstream” emissions of natural gas (methane) from gas wells, pipelines, & compressors as part of the emissions associated with this new power plant.

#2 — WV-DEP must reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions limits. The proposed limits include too many assumptions that allow increased emissions. The emissions limits are higher than those adopted or proposed for other similar power plants in West Virginia.

#3 — WV-DEP should omit the “Unit Degradation” provisions of the permit. This approach assumes that MSCE will allow their pollution controls to deteriorate with age, and proper maintenance should be mandatory.

#4 — WV-DEP should require repairs of leaks and fugitive emissions as soon as practicable. The permit allows 30 days, and as much as two years in some cases, before leaks must be fixed.

#5 — WV-DEP should describe how they address Environmental Justice concerns. MSCE is the third major pollution source in the Fort Martin community. This community is disproportionately burdened with noise, traffic and air pollution. The surrounding communities will also be impacted.

#6 — WV-DEP needs to provide an updated draft permit and a new public comment period, due to incomplete and misleading information.

Additional information, including copies of the draft permit, application, and all other supporting materials relevant to the permit decision may be downloaded at:

https://dep.wv.gov/daq/permitting/Pages/NSR-Permit-Applications.aspx

[References: Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition (MVCAC) & WV Sierra Club, PO Box 4142, Morgantown, WV 26504]

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See also: Bloomberg Green — An Empire of Dying Wells, Zachary R. Mider and Rachel Adams-Heard, October 12, 2021: Old oil and gas sites are a climate menace. Meet the company that owns more of America’s decaying wells than any other.

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WV Public Service Commission Shows Little Concern for Climate

October 15, 2021

West Virginia PSC Approves Continued Operation of Three AEP Coal Power Plants Through 2040 From an Article by Aaron Larson, Power Magazine, October 14, 2021 The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) approved Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) and Wheeling Power Co.’s (WPCo’s) request to keep the 2,930-MW Amos, 1,320-MW Mountaineer, and 780-MW Mitchell coal-fired [...]

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Large Scale Climate Solutions Webinar WV-3C on October 26th

October 14, 2021

Upcoming Webinar: Carbon Removal and More: What Lies Ahead for these Climate Solutions? From an Announcement of Tom Rodd, West Virginia Center on Climate Change (“WV3C”) Please click here now to reserve your place for the upcoming free, live, audience-interactive webinar: “Carbon Removal and More: What Lies Ahead for these Climate Solutions?” – on Tuesday, [...]

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MORE PLASTICS COMING — Follow the Ethane AND the Money

October 13, 2021

Mexico gets Braskem to accept new terms on controversial Ethane Contract From an Article by Renzo Pipoli, Reuters Events, October 12, 2021 Brakem agreed on “adjusting” once very favorable terms on its long-term contract to buy Mexican ethane after a year of talks and following an initial adamant Brazilian stance later softened after Mexicans late [...]

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HELP PROTECT THREE MAJOR RIVERS — Monongahela, Allegheny & Ohio

October 12, 2021

There is Too Much Risk in Barging Fracking Waste on the Three Rivers, Mon-Al-Oh From the PT Protect Group, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, October 2021 Please sign onto the petition to the US Coast Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the barging of fracking waste on the Three Rivers! We, the undersigned residents of [...]

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The Time Has Come to Plan on Living With COVID-19 for Foreseeable Future

October 11, 2021

Pandemic Not Going Away Anytime Soon, says Expert From an Article by Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle, October 10, 2021 HOUSTON – Dr. Paul Klotman, President, CEO & Dean of the Baylor College of Medicine conceded in his latest weekly COVID-19 update that he has given up hope that the nation will develop plans to [...]

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Ancient Mound Builders Left Behind Many Artifacts to Reveal the Past

October 10, 2021

Who Were the ‘Mound Builders’? They Built the Many Ancient Mounds in the Ohio Valley & Region The Moundbuilders’ Art: A Confluence of ‘Ingenuity, Industry, and Elegance‘ on October 9, 2021 From c. 500 B.C. to c. 1650 A.D., the Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient Native American cultures built mounds and enclosures in the Ohio [...]

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Native Indian Sites Populate WV and Regional River Valleys & Creeks

October 9, 2021

THE MONONGAHELA CULTURE from Wikipedia on the World Wide Web, October 9, 2021 The Monongahela culture were a Native American cultural manifestation of Late Woodland peoples from AD 1050 to 1635 in present-day western Pennsylvania, western Maryland, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia. The culture was named by Mary Butler in 1939 for the Monongahela River, [...]

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PA Attorney General: 48 Criminal Charges to Mariner East 2 Pipeline

October 8, 2021

Mariner East 2 pipeline builder Sunoco/Energy Transfer responsible for polluted waters of Penna. From an Article by Bill Rettew, Reading Eagle, October 5, 2021 UPPER UWCHLAN — Mariner East 2 pipeline builder Sunoco/Energy Transfer had been charged with 48 counts of environmental crimes, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday at Marsh Creek State Park [...]

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