COVID-19 Cases Rise as MVP Refuses to Release Safety Plans


Resident concerns over the staging of large numbers of pipeline workers during a pandemic are growing as Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), whose workers appeared to defy state guidelines outlined in Virginia’s pandemic-specific workplace safety standards in photos, requested to resume construction and as recent revelations showed that the Governor’s Office and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) actually worked behind the scenes with MVP to allow the pipeline company to skirt around the requirement for COVID-19 mitigation plans.

The Battle for Brush Mountain


Each morning I arise, walk to the bedroom window and gaze out across miles of undulating blue mountain ridges and the moody skies that illuminate the New River Valley. Some days all I see are cottony pillows of dense fog obscuring the land below. Other mornings I witness vibrant sunrises that splash an artist’s palette … Continue reading The Battle for Brush Mountain

Proclamation of Remembrance and Gratitude


With our deepest gratitude for her friendship and service to the Coalition, We therefore proclaim August 17 thru 22, 2020 April Pierson-Keating Appreciation Week across the POWHR Coalition region.

North Carolina DEQ Denies Critical Permit for MVP Southgate Project


August 11, 2020 Contact:  Russell Chisholm, POWHR Co-Chair, russell.powhr@gmail.com, (540) 404-2727 Maury Johnson, POWHR Executive Committee Member, maurywjohnson@yahoo.com, (304) 832-6085 The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced today their denial of a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Southgate project. The permit—a water quality certification under Clean Water Act Section 401—was needed for the project … Continue reading North Carolina DEQ Denies Critical Permit for MVP Southgate Project

VA Supreme Court Denies Substantial Hearing on MVP Landowner Complaints


July 3, 2020 In a ruling issued yesterday, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s decision in Vest v. Mountain Valley Pipeline to award MVP summary judgement. The challenge, brought by a landowner impacted by the pipeline, alleged civil trespass claims against MVP surveyors and questioned the viability of the Commonwealth’s survey statute itself. … Continue reading VA Supreme Court Denies Substantial Hearing on MVP Landowner Complaints