Public Meeting on Large Diameter, Long Distance Natural Gas Pipelines in WV

by Duane Nichols on November 7, 2016

FERC Can Use Eminent Domain Authority

Conservation Groups & Landowners Schedule Meeting for November 10th

Announcement from April Pierson-Keating, Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance

Location: Jackson’s Mill Conference Center, Weston, WV

Date & Time: Thursday, November 10th from 6 to 8 PM.

This Thursday, November 10, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Jackson’s Mill, the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance along with Sierra Club WV will be hosting alternative public meetings to involve the public in the process of approving or not approving the Mountain Valley Pipeline and its sister pipeline, the Equitrans Expansion Project. This may be the last public opportunity in WV to leave your comments for a FERC representative on the MVP. A professional transcriptionist will be sure your comments get recorded verbatim and filed with the FERC.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been conducting comment sessions in West Virginia regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) where members of the public could speak directly to a FERC agent about their concerns over the pipeline. These meetings were held in private.

The alternate public meetings are an open forum for citizen to express their views and concerns over the project, as well as highlight the continuing lack of transparency and public disclosure by the FERC during the environmental review process for this and several other large pipelines planned for the region. Many residents have safety concerns, questions about water contamination, and issues over the use of eminent domain to pressure landowners into signing leases and granting easements.

Members of the press are invited to speak with landowners and concerned citizens starting at 6:00 pm outside the hearing, which will take place in the West Virginia Building at Jackson’s Mill. We encourage the press to attend and interview participants during the meeting. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

For anyone who made comments during the pre-filing period (before November 5, 2015) is advised to do so during the certification period, since all comments made during pre-filing are no longer being considered. The comment period on the MVP is open until December 22, 2016. If you cannot make it to the meeting and wish to comment:

  1. Go to and click on “e-Comment.”
  2. Fill in the information field and look for an e-mail from FERC.
  3. Click on the link in that email and enter the docket number for the pipeline you wish to comment on:

>>> Atlantic Coast Pipeline CP 15-554-001

>>> Supply Header Project CP 15-555

>>> Mountain Valley Pipeline CP16-10

>>> Equitrans Expansion Project CP 16-13

>>> RT Rover Project CP15-93

>>> Leach Express CP15-514

>>> WB Express CP16-38

  1. You may also click “e-Subscribe” to receive alerts and the content of other comments.
  2. If you wish to submit a hand written or typed comment you may mail it to: Ms. Kimberly Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, D.C. 20426

Contact: April Pierson-Keating, 304-642-9436

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance

Clean Water Through Clean Energy

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