Aerial image of the Mountain Valley Pipeline's proposed Gauley River crossing. In the photo, you can see overland construction in progress on both sides of the river. Flight provided by Southwings.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is, once again, attempting to construct their pipeline through headwater streams, under rivers and across wetlands.
Watch a video on the risks posed to our streams by the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
You may remember that MVP’s first attempt at a stream crossing permit from the Army Corps of Engineers was vacated by a federal court in 2019. It was determined that the pipeline could not meet the conditions of the general permit, the Nationwide 12.
In the spring pf 2021, the Mountain Valley Pipeline changed their Army Corps of Engineers permit strategy. Instead of applying for one blanket permit for all the stream crossings, they are applying for a more site-specific, individual permit. If approved, it will allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross 600 waterbodies. Including some of the biggest rivers, like the Gauley, steepest terrain and most sensitive habitats.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is four years behind schedule, $3 billion over budget and has already incurred over 300 water violations and $2.7 million in fines between the two Virginias. It’s time to kick this ill-conceived project to the curb once and for all. Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that this project is not in the public interest and they must deny MVP's request.
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