Use Your Voice – Comment to FERC by August 2

We have another opportunity to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)’s proposal to bore under our streams. Learn how to make your voice heard below. 

The MVP was blocked in its earlier attempts at digging and blasting through hundreds of streams through our lawsuits. Now, MVP is trying to evade protections with a new scheme. They want to bore under 181 streams and wetlands, but they have not proven that this can be done safely. MVP has asked FERC to hurry its approval so it can rush ahead with its dangerous and unjustified project. This approval would greenlight new threats to our groundwater and streams. FERC must reject this proposal and deny the amendment.  

Make your voice heard and submit a comment to FERC by 5:00 PM ET on August 2nd, 2021. Please make a comment in your own words and include some of the below points! 

Here are some points to include in your comment: 

  • Tell FERC they must deny this Certificate Amendment application 
  • Tell FERC that Virginia DEQ needs to do a NEW Clean Water Act Section 401 permit for this amendment request, it cannot rely on an old one from 2017! 
  • Tell FERC it still MUST do a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for this amendment – the original SEIS did NOT include boring impacts! (Remind them that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations require this)
  • Tell FERC that we appreciate their efforts around public participation, and this would be a GREAT opportunity to receive and take into account further public comment once the Environmental Assessment is released 
  • FERC must not authorize this work to proceed on MVP, because the project still lacks other necessary permits. MVP does not have two state Clean Water Act Section 401 permits in WV and VA, nor does it have the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit, to discharge the mess they make from construction under/through waterbodies into those waterbodies, from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Further impacts should not be allowed, because those permits may not be issued.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) NOT issue a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit to MVP to dig and blast through waterbodies citing “substantial concerns” with impacts to streams and rivers — FERC should follow EPA’s lead 
  • FERC must IMMEDIATELY enact strong measures to lower greenhouse gas impacts from the projects it has jurisdiction over – we are in a climate emergency and FERC must act! President Biden’s Executive Order 14008 ‘The Climate Order’ places government-wide “aggressive action to tackle climate change” and greater public involvement at the highest national priority — there is no time to waste.

Need more information? 

All comments should be addressed to FERC Docket number CP21-57-000 and may be submitted through any of these methods:

1) eComment feature

2) eFiling portal

3) By mail to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426

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Grace is POWHR's Coordinator. She enjoys gardening and fighting for a fossil-free future from Western Virginia.