FERC released two Environmental Compliance Monitoring Program weekly summary reports for the Mountain Valley Pipeline March 14. The reports detail monitoring from the weeks of February 10-17 and February 18-24, filed almost a month after the monitoring itself took place.
Each report includes summaries of Communication Reports, Problem Area Reports, Noncompliance Reports, and Variance Requests, as well as a general progress report.
Environmental Compliance Report: Feb 10-17
For the report covering February 10-17, FERC monitors issued 19 acceptable reports and 14 communication reports while inspected the following activities:
- Spread A – Observed staking of access roads and work areas and hand felling of timber within the first nine miles of the project route in Wetzel County.
- Spread B – Observed survey and non-project related logging activities at MP49.55 and MP 63.6; took pre-construction photographs of sensitive environmental resources and project access roads.
- Spread C – Observed survey, staking, and signage of access roads and boundaries of approved construction; observed wetland and waterbody delineation.
- Spread D – Observed survey and staking of extra workspaces, right-of-way limits, center line, wetlands, and waterbodies.
- Spread E – No activity.
- Spread F – Inspected access roads and environmentally sensitive areas.
- Spread G – Identified and inspected right-of-way road crossings.
- Spread H – No activity.
- Spread I – No activity.
The Compliance Monitors also inspected construction activities at the Harris, Bradshaw, and Stallworth Compressor Stations and Spread C laydown yard.
Environmental Compliance Report: Feb 18-24
For the report covering February 18-24, FERC monitors issued 16 acceptable reports and 11 communication reports while inspecting the following activities:
- Spread A – Observed tree cutting crews and timber felling activities within Spread A.
- Spread B – Identified access roads and took pre-construction photographs of sensitive environmental resources along the project right-of-way.
- Spread C – Observed installation of signage along access roads, survey, and staking of boundaries of approved construction; observed wetland and waterbody delineation; confirmed that a logging company has cleared land near access roads AR-90.1 and AR90.02.
- Spread D – No activity.
- Spread E – No activity.
- Spread F – Followed up on a hunting cabin, water wells, and a potential cultural resource site along access road MVP-MO-214. No additional follow up was required. Verified with the Lead Environmental Inspector access roads for Spread F.
- Spread G – Inspected tree felling (hand felling) activities between Big Stony Creek (MP 202.2) and permanent access road 241.1; located and identified right-of-way crossings and access roads.
- Spread H – Inspected location at MP 246.5 regarding a Level 2 Variance Request to cut eight (8) pine trees outside and adjacent to the limits of disturbance.
- Spread I – Coordinated with Environmental Inspectors; became familiar with project access roads.
The Compliance Monitors also inspected construction activities at the Harris and Stallworth Compressor Stations and the two potential laydown yards on Spread C, as well as laydown yards MVP-LY-030 and MVP-LY-050.