Mountaineer XPress Pipeline Construction Resulting in Water Pollution in West Virginia

by Duane Nichols on December 19, 2018

Large pipelines cause water pollution, sedimentation, subsidence, land slides, plus fire & explosion hazards

Hold the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline Accountable For Water Quality Violations

From the Report by West Virginia Rivers Coalition, December 17, 2018

PHOTO: Muddy water flowing off a MXP construction site and into Neds Run in Doddridge County.

The Mountaineer XPress Pipeline, under construction in the western part of the state, has a history of negligence since construction started this spring – 24 water quality violations since April.

Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline (Registration Application No. WVR310872) —- The Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline (MXP) is a natural gas pipeline consisting of approximately 170.9 miles (3,648 acres) of various diameter pipelines, modifications to three existing compressor stations, the construction of three new compressor stations, three new regulating stations, and a number of other modifications at various aboveground facility sites. The MXP has been issued a construction stormwater permit for activities in West Virginia. Project activities will occur throughout Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wirt, Roane, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne and Kanawha counties in West Virginia.

Last month, WVDEP issued MXP a penalty of $122,350 for those violations. The proposed agreement to that penalty is now open for public comment. Submit your comments here.

While we commend WVDEP for holding MXP accountable for their water quality violations, we request the penalty be adjusted in a way that fully considers MXP’s repeated negligence and disrespect of environmental law, and strongly deters other pipeline companies from following suit. Read WV Rivers draft comments here.

Add your voice! Share with WVDEP that you want them to hold MXP accountable for their water pollution. Send letter here by 5 PM on December 23rd.


Major Pipelines Under Construction In West Virginia

This webpage provides information on major natural gas pipelines under construction in West Virginia. To have information provided on this page, the pipeline’s permits must have gone out to public notice and received public comment. Information on other smaller pipelines for which permits did not go out to public notice or receive public comment is available online via the WVDEP’s searchable database here. To access the database, enter username DEP and password DEP.

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Lee Burton July 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm

Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline Back Online After Unplanned Maintenance

News Report Summary, July 14, 2020

RE: Columbia Pipeline Group, Energy Services, Industrywide Issues, Pipelines, Statewide WV, TransCanada, West Virginia

On July 7 TC Energy’s Columbia Gas Transmission subsidiary announced an unplanned outage (for maintenance work) for the Mountaineer XPress (MXP) pipeline in West Virginia – near Leach, Kentucky.

The “force majeure” outage knocked nearly 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gas flows offline. On Saturday, July 11, TC Energy brought Mountaineer XPress back online–two days earlier than forecast.


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