Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality stated the morning of September 11 — two days before reported landfall of a Category 4 hurricane — that the agency had “directed work to stop” on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and that construction had in fact stopped. Yet communities report active construction several counties in Virginia and West Virginia. Instead of … Continue reading With Impending Hurricane, MVP Continues Rushed Construction
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, August 1 against environmental groups, landowners, and community advocates in a legal challenge to Virginia’s Section 401 Certification granted to the Mountain Valley Pipeline by the Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water Control Board. Roberta Bondurant and Russell Chisholm, Co-Chairs for the POWHR Coalition … Continue reading Fourth Circuit Upholds Flawed DEQ 401 Process
UPDATE: Wild Virginia gained access to the public comments submitted during the comment period via a Freedom of Information Act request, and has posted a link to a Google Drive folder with the comments on their website. Virginia Conservation Network reviewed the comments submitted to DEQ and created their own Summary of Comments for the State Water … Continue reading VA DEQ Opens Comment Period on Adequacy of NWP 12
We will try to break this story down for you in order to illuminate how content farming erodes our understanding of fossil fuel infrastructure issues. This is an AP story cut and pasted into several news sites on March 23, 2018: Records: State police spent nearly $50K on pipeline hearings Note the use of a … Continue reading Virginia Spent $50K on DEQ Meeting Security and We Don’t Know Why.
Roanoke County’s Board of Supervisors voted against a motion to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality. Please see the following news links for more information: Roanoke Times Coverage — Roanoke County supervisors hold off on pipeline inspection agreement WDBJ7 Coverage — Roanoke County Supervisors pass on DEQ agreement
Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program The Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development. Through a series of free webinars, volunteers will learn about erosion control best management practices … Continue reading Volunteer to Monitor Pipeline Construction