Mountain Valley Pipeline Information

mvp imageThe Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a proposed 303-mile, 42-inch-diameter interstate natural gas pipeline. It would transport highly pressurized natural gas from the fracking region of northern West Virginia to a connection with the existing interstate Transco line in Virginia. MVP would cut through nearly 200 miles in West Virginia, including 20 miles in Monroe County. It would cross Indian Creek near Greenville, and severely impact both Indian Creek and Rich Creek watersheds.

The pipeline is opposed by many landowners, communities and environmental groups not only because of its unprecedented size and hazardous route, but because there is no public need.

FERC — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is charged by Congress with evaluating interstate natural gas pipeline projects, taking into consideration both environmental impacts and public benefit and need. Public involvement has been intense, finding major inadequacies and inaccuracies in MVP’s application and serious flaws in FERC’s process for reviewing environmental impacts and engaging landowners and other stakeholders. Latest news>> 

WVDEP — MVP must apply to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for permits and certification to construct the pipeline along MVP’s proposed route. ICWA and other environmental groups have urged the DEP to use its authority to reject MVP’s applications because of unacceptable negative impacts to state waters and wetlands. Latest news>> 

US Forest Service (Jefferson National Forest) and the Appalachian Trail — MVP’s route crosses about 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest, including a section that begins in Monroe County and crosses the Appalachian Trail on the ridge of Peters Mountain. The FS must decide whether to amend its Forest Plan to allow such construction to take place. There has been strong public outcry against this assault on Peters Mountain, including forceful opposition by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Latest news>>  

Eminent Domain– If FERC approves the project and issues a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, MVP may sue landowners who have refused to negotiate easement contracts, using the power of eminent domain. Two federal lawsuits by landowners along the MVP route have challenged that this is unconstitutional.  Latest news>> 

Water testing information for landowners concerned about the MVPIf 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 and others are continuing to raise objections. Factors such as decisions required by the Forest Service and other federal and state agencies, as well as pending legal challenges at WVDEP and VADEQ, could also affect whether the pipeline will be built.

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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