VA DEQ: Stop work on two-mile stretch of Mountain Valley Pipeline

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MONTGOMERY Co. (WFXR) – Late Friday, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a statement saying they had issued a Stop Work Order for two miles of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County.

The DEQ did not say exactly what the issues were but they cited an inspection of the area which occurred on Thursday (August 1) showed insufficient erosion and sediment controls in this section of the pipeline.

In the statement, the Virginia DEQ Director David Paylor stated he was “appalled” that MVP had clearly prioritized the project’s deadline over erosion and sediment control measures.

Russell Chisholm, Co-Chair of POWHR (Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights) released a statement saying, “I am appalled DEQ is in any way surprised that MVP crews are neglecting erosion and sediment control measures in an attempt to ram this project through as fast as possible. Our volunteer citizen monitors have been telling the DEQ and State Water Control Board since August 2018 and earlier that MVP was not upholding the requirements of the bad permit they issued in December 2017; those in positions of power chose to ignore our calls for real, meaningful enforcement through a stop work order and instead allowed MVP to work despite several missing federal permits, a pending lawsuit for violations, and at least 35 Notices of Violation in West Virginia.”

Work will be discontinued until corrective actions are conducted and approved by the DEQ.

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