Republicans Desperately Try to Fast Track the Failing MVP

Washington, D.C.Congressperson Carol Miller of West Virginia introduced an amendment to H.R.1, “The Lower Energy Cost Act”, to fasttrack the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The MVP has been mired in lawsuits and missing permits. Co-sponsors include Republicans Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, Rep. Alex Mooney, Rep. Dan Meuser, Rep. Lloyd Smucker, Rep. Mike Carey, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Clay Higgins, Rep. David Rouzer, and Rep. William Timmons.

Jason Crazy Bear Keck, Co-Founder of 7 Directions of Service, responded:

“The fact that some of our elected representatives have been bending over backwards to fast track the MVP, a poster child pipeline for corruption and environmental injustices, is appalling to us as impacted community members, water protectors and land defenders. Only a short-sighted, greed-driven person who stands to profit would go to such great lengths to attempt to revive a failing zombie project like the MVP. Time and time again the people have risen up against the backroom deals and slimy maneuverings at the federal level to push MVP through, and we will keep standing up until our basic rights and protections, like those granted by the EJ for All Act, are secured and upheld.”

Russell Chisholm, Managing Director of the Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights Coalition (POWHR) responded: 

“Hours after our environmental justice movement released a positive vision for a livable future, the Environmental Justice for All Act, these Republicans are throwing a tantrum. As they watch the demise of the fossil fuel industry that lines their pockets, they are desperate to fast track this unnecessary and disastrous pipeline – to the point that they want to strip away judicial review and nullify bedrock environmental law. The new IPCC report makes clear that we must stop all new fossil fuel expansion immediately. We demand our representatives to silence this ridiculous whining while our regulatory agencies and courts assess the science and evidence that mandates the MVP be stopped.”