Regulators Decline Reconsidering MVP and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Permits

A regulatory panel declined a request to consider re-evaluating or revoking water-quality permits for two natural gas pipelines after environmental groups, landowners, and other critics argued the Corps’ review process being overly broad.

The Department of Environmental Quality defended the process, and both pipeline companies say the review has been rigorous.

Initially, the board weighted a motion to consider revoking the permits but voted it down.

The State Water Control Board met Tuesday in Richmond to consider the comments it solicited earlier this year regarding the permits granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

Staff from the DEQ gave an overview of the thousands of comments received in addition to having the board hear from attendees of the hearing which was raucous and contentious at times.

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines have gathered many opponents because of their routes and have battled setbacks involving permits.

Source:
Radio IQ

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Halted in Virginia After Severe Erosion

Virginia regulators have halted construction on part of the Mountain Valley Pipeline that got swamped by a large rainstorm, requiring that erosion control measures be established before resuming construction.

Unearthed soil that had been cleared along the natural gas pipeline's right of way in Franklin County was swept away by heavy rains on Thursday night and Friday morning, layering up to eight inches of mud on nearby roads.

The mud did not reach waterways, according to Mountain Valley officials, but the Department of Environmental Quality is investigating how erosion control measures failed to prevent the incident.

MVP said it began remediation activities immediately after the incident and remains committed to safe and responsible construction of the project.

The 303-mile natural gas pipeline is designed to move Marcellus and Utica shale production from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.

Source:
The Roanoke Times

Virginia Regulators Want to Hear Publics' Opinion on NatGas Pipeline Reviews

Virginia regulators are asking for the public's opinion about whether they believe the water quality approvals granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two natural gas pipelines are sound enough to protect the state's waterways.

The State Water Control Board last week approved a 30-day period for the public to comment on the approvals for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines that are designed to travel through Virginia.

Opponents of the pipeline projects have argued that the Corps' review process was not detailed enough and that the Department of Environmental Quality should have studied the pipelines' effects stream by stream.

The Department of Environmental Quality said its review and the Corps' review of the projects will be adequately protective.

The department said it would provide the public details on how to comment on the review in "the near future."

Source:
Houston Chronicle