An Accident Waiting to Happen

Indian Creek Watershed Association (ICWA) has called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop work on Mountain Valley Pipeline after the June 7, 2018 explosion of the 36-inch gas Leach Xpress pipeline near Moundsville, West Virginia. Citing “the similarities of terrain—particularly the prevalence of steep slopes and landslide-prone areas along MVP’s 300-mile route through West Virginia and Virginia,” ICWA calls on FERC to:

  1. Order an immediate halt to construction of the MVP and instruct MVP to reanalyze its route and construction plans to identify locations with conditions similar to those involved in the Leach Xpress explosion and to other sites subsequently identified by TransCanada as areas of concern.
  2. Reconsider its Rehearing Order, issued June 15, 2018 on a 3-to-2 vote, that rejected, dismissed or denied all Requests for Rehearing of the MVP Certificate (FERC Accession No. 20180615- 3053).

Read the full ICWA letter to FERC below.

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