Large Natural Gas Pipelines Require Significant Oversight

by Duane Nichols on September 7, 2018

Stream Monitoring

Learn to Detect and Report Pollution from Pipelines — Free Webinar on September 13th

Learn how to detect and report water quality impacts from natural gas pipelines through our Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program! Developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition, the program supports and trains volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development. To learn more, visit the program webpage.

Join the program by viewing our free webinar on September 13 at 6:30 PM. Can’t make the live webinar? All webinar registrants will receive a recording of the webinar to view at their convenience. Register here.

The live webinar on September 13 is limited to 100 participants. If you register after we reach the live webinar limit, we’ll send you a recording.

For more information, please contact Autumn Crowe,


WVDEP Accepting Comments on Proposed Stream Crossing Permit Changes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 8, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is accepting public comments 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.

Under WVDEP’s proposed modifications to Special Condition C of the USACE Nationwide 12 Permit, a condition would be added to clarify that environmentally protective methods of stream crossings that take longer than 72 hours would be permitted. Another proposed condition would be added to allow a construction project to use a stream crossing method that is more environmentally protective than the current conditions allow. An additional modification is being made to clarify the need for mitigation for permanent stream impacts that total more than 300 feet.

The proposed permit modifications can be viewed here on the WVDEP website:

Comments can be submitted via email at or by mail to:

401 Water Quality Certification Program
ATTN: Nancy Dickson
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304-2345

The deadline to submit comments is September 17, 2018.

Contact: Jake Glance, (304) 926-0499 ext. 1335,


NOTE: Comments can be submitted via the WV Rivers Coalition:

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WV Rivers Coalition September 7, 2018 at 3:26 pm

WVDEP Accepting Comments on Stream Crossing Permit

From the WV Rivers Coalition, September 6, 2018

The Nationwide 12 permit regulates pipeline construction activities in streams and wetlands. WV Rivers and our partners called into question the validity of this permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline when we discovered that it was not in compliance with the permit requirements.

Now, rather than requiring massive pipeline projects to meet the stream and wetland crossing requirements in the Nationwide 12, WVDEP is proposing to change the permit conditions. The proposed modifications are now out for public comment through September 17.

Click here to read our analysis:

And, submit your comments to WVDEP here:

For recent pipeline news, check out WV Rivers’ pipeline webpage, there you’ll find violation updates and breaking news:


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