State Water Control Board approves permit for Mt. Valley Pipeline

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Developers on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project cleared another major hurdle for the project Thursday.

The board voted 5-2 issuing certification to build the pipeline.

Some critics of the pipeline say they’re upset with this decision.

The 300-mile pipeline would carry natural gas from West Virginia, through Virginia, and connect to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County.

The underground pipeline would be as big as 42 inches through some places.

Some property owners say they support the project and welcome the economic investment.

But, there have been plenty of critics and environmental advocates saying the pipeline construction could impact the air and local water supplies.

Delegate Sam Rasoul says he condemns the decision.

One group, Bold Alliance, says landowners will continue their fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

That includes some landowners throughout several counties in western Virginia.

There is also a federal lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in hopes of delaying or stopping the Mountain Valley Pipeline from being built.

The Water Control Board is expected to make a similar decision about a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline next week.

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