Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline began in early 2018. The builders have racked up hundreds of violations and damaged our waters and people along the project’s path. Still, we and thousands of allies have prevented the pipeline’s completion and continue the fight to stop it on all fronts.
In 2021, MVP seeks approvals to cross through or under hundreds of streams and wetlands. The Corps of Engineers is considering an application for a Clean Water Act permit to allow MVP to dig and blast through our waters. At the same time, the state of Virginia must certify that the proposal will meet all of our water quality standards before the Corps can allow construction.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing a proposal by MVP to bore under more than 180 waterbodies to evade other permitting requirements. MVP has not done the necessary study to show how this drilling will affect underground environments and water flows and we oppose this reckless scheme.
While the regulatory reviews go forward, we continue to challenging improper agency decisions in court. Lawsuits still to be heard in 2021 include:
2022 Policy Recommendations
Fossil fuel infrastructure negatively impacts public health and the environment and contributes to our climate crisis. In Virginia, projects like the fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) perpetuate environmental injustice and hinder us from achieving the clean energy goals of our Commonwealth in an equitable manner. Pipelines like MVP represent an overbuild of gas infrastructure in the region and provide no true benefit for local communities. Like the similarly unneeded Atlantic Coast Pipeline (cancelled in July 2020), MVP should be cancelled. Legislators should adopt policies that recognize the severity of the climate crisis and strengthen protections for communities impacted by fossil fuel infrastructure. Download the full Virginia Conservation Network policy briefing: Our Common Agenda.
Whether you’ve already been active in the MVP opposition movement or not, now is the time to push even harder to stop the project. We can prevent degradation of our precious public lands, further endangerment of rare species, and pollution and habitat destruction in our waters.
3 simple steps:
You make it possible for us to continue this work and the results are clear – we all defeated the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in July 2020 and MVP is now at least three years behind schedule. Industry analysts now admit that MVP may never be completed and we intend to make those predictions a reality.