Mountain Valley Pipeline Information

Breaking News! WVDEP Withdraws and Suspends Two MVP Permits

On September 13, 2017, the WVDEP officially “vacated” its water quality certification (401 permit) for the MVP
On September 8, the WVDEP withdrew the MVP Stormwater permit. Read more >>

FERC Decision Expected in September

On June 23, 2017, the FERC issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Mountain Valley Project (MVP). In September, the FERC Commission is expected to vote on whether to issue a certificate and what conditions and restrictions may be required. However, ICWA and others have continued to raise objections. Factors such as decisions required by the Forest Service and other federal and state agencies, as well as pending legal challenges, could also affect the timing of a FERC decision or whether there might be a stay of execution. Read more >>

If you are on or near the proposed MVP route and concerned about the safety of your water, please see ICWA’s Water Testing Information here.

ICWA Challenges WV Department of Environmental Protection Decisions

The WVDEP can prevent the Mountain Valley Pipeline from being built by not issuing key permits that protect West Virginia water. WVDEP has the responsibility and authority to ensure the quality of the waters of West Virginia. The federal courts have upheld the NY Department of Environmental Conservation decision to stop the Constitution 42” interstate gas pipelines from being built because of the risk of harming their state’s water. We need our WVDEP to do the same. There are three required DEP permits:

  1. 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC-16-0005) requires that WV ensure that federal agencies will not issue permits or licenses that violate the water quality standards of a state.
  2. Oil and Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit (WVR310667) requires that WVDEP prevent stormwater runoff from increasing sedimentation and polluting aquatic habitats.
  3. WV Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit for crossing the Greenbrier River (NSP-17-0001) which is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi—“an enduring resource of free-flowing streams possessing outstanding scenic, recreational, geological, fish and wildlife, botanical, historical, archeological or other scientific or cultural values.”

Despite substantive evidence provided by ICWA, as well as other organizations, professional experts and individuals, the WVDEP decided in favor of MVP on all three permit applications required by MVP.

ICWA has joined with other environmental organizations and affected landowners to challenge the permits that WVDEP has issued. Read more >>

Landowners Challenge the FERC and MVP on Eminent Domain Authority

Landowners from Monroe and Summers Counties have joined suit with others from four Virginia counties in a legal challenge that contends the FERC does not have the authority to grant the power of eminent domain to a private company (MVP) for “private pecuniary gain.”

Second federal suit filed over Mountain Valley Pipeline, July 27, 2017 (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Landowners along pipeline route sue FERC and Mountain Valley Pipeline, July 27, 2017 (Roanoke Times)

WV and VA Groups Challenge the Jefferson National Forest Draft Decision

The US Forest Service (FS) has the authority to issue its own decision regarding the proposed MVP route through the Jefferson National Forest (JNF). In June 2017, the FS issued a Draft Record of Decision that would allow MVP construction on a route that includes crossing the Appalachian Trail (AT) on Peters Mountain near Lindside, WV. ICWA, Save Monroe and others continue to challenge that decision since the pipeline would cross Peters Mountain on very steep slopes, entailing massive erosion, cutting of old growth forests, damage to the AT and viewsheds and increasing invasive species problems within the forest. Read more >>

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Opposes MVP Crossing AT on Peters Mountain

The MVP pipeline would cause “irreversible damage” as it runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail for over 20 miles, carves ugly gashes in the landscape that will be seen from 90 miles away, crosses multiple fresh water sources and destroys protected forest areas.

This is the first time that the Appalachian Trail has ever opposed any project or crossing of the trail. Although the Conservancy generally works with companies and government agencies to mitigate damage, they were unable to make any progress in justifying this MVP route or reducing its harm to the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the unique A.T. hiking experience. They concluded that “the proposed pipeline will needlessly devastate the Appalachian Trail on an unprecedented scale.” Visit their website for an easy way to send letters to your representatives and government agencies.

Reports and ICWA Submittals to the FERC

Read printable copies of reports about the MVP pipeline:

  • Ernst Kastning’s reports about geologic hazards in karst regions of VA and WV
  • Pamela Dodds’ reports about hydrogeology in Monroe and Summers Counties
  • Cultural Attachment report by Applied Cultural Ecology
  • Economic Costs of the MVP by Key-Log Economics

Read printable copies of comments that ICWA submitted to the FERC

ICWA’s Interactive Environmental Map


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