WV DEP Grants Mountain Valley Pipeline Water Crossing Permit

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a $3.5 billion, 301-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. The project, which filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in October 2015, is being built by EQT, NextEra Energy and several other partners. The project has faced stiff opposition from landowners in both West Virginia and Virginia. Although the project is not yet fully approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the project did get a favorable Draft Environmental Impact Statement from FERC last September (see FERC Gives WV to VA Mountain Valley Pipeline Provisional Thumbs Up). MVP had wanted a final Environmental Impact Statement by March 10th, but that didn’t happen. They’re still waiting. But there is a bit of good news for MVP: the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection yesterday issued a State 401 Water Quality Certification for the MVP project. However, there are still a couple of other WV permits under review, so MVP has not yet gotten the all clear signal in the Mountain State just yet…

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