The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Being Large and Long Will Damage Streams & Rivers & Hills & Mountains

by Duane Nichols on September 9, 2021

Mountain Valley Pipeline, Braxton County in central West Virginia

Mountain Valley Pipeline wants to drill under our headwaters!

Dear Friends & Concerned Citizens,

Thank you for considering the addition of your voice in opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) has downplayed the potential impacts of boring on WV and VA waterways. MVP’s track record of water quality violations led the EPA to express serious apprehension regarding their Regulation 404 permit to the Army Corps.

Tell FERC to deny MVP’s plan to bore under our waters.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline at 42 inch diameter and wide right-of-way is an unmitigated disaster for communities and water resources in Appalachia. The unnecessary, climate-disrupting project is cutting a 303-mile swath through countless family farms, over steep slopes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and across treasured public streams, lands and wildlife habitat.

The EPA stated that MVP “has not yet demonstrated that the discharges from the project, as proposed, will not cause or contribute to water quality standards exceedances or significant degradation of receiving waters.” And so, despite the concerns from communities and federal protection agencies as well as not being reissued any of their vacated water permits — MVP tries to continue forward, abusing Appalachian people and water resources. MVP’s request to bore and FERC’s environmental assessment are unacceptable.

FERC should deny the request.

For our mountains, Jessica Sims,
Virginia Field Coordinator, Appalachian Voices


See also: EPA recommends not issuing key water permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline, which touts carbon offset plan, Mike Tony, Charleston Gazette Mail, July 12, 2021

The photo above from early June shows an area along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline near U.S. 19 in Braxton County WV that was damaged by flooding. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Corps not issue a key water permit for the project, which has already drawn fines from West Virginia and Virginia state environmental regulators totaling over $2.7 million for water quality violations.

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