WV DEP Issues Permit for Mountaineer Gas Pipeline in Eastern WV

In 2017 Mountaineer Gas launched the Eastern Panhandle Expansion pipeline project–a project to deliver natural gas via local distribution channels to a new industrial facility in Berkeley County, WV, and to provide gas to other local businesses and residents in the Tri-State area. There are three phases to the Eastern Panhandle Expansion project: Phase One runs a 22.5-mile, 10-inch-diameter steel pipeline from Morgan County to Martinsburg; Phase Two includes a loop to Charles Town; and Phase Three will build a four mile segment of pipeline into Martinsburg. The West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection held a hearing on Phase One in January, at the Berkeley Springs High School (see Old Hippies Turn Out at WV DEP Hearing to Oppose Mountaineer Pipe). All of the people who spoke at the hearing, some 33 of the 80 people present, spoke against the project. Even though local residents object, on Wednesday the WV DEP issued a permit for the project…

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