ROANOKE, Va – 4/7/2017 Opponents of two controversial natural gas pipeline projects get a victory today. Many are praising a decision by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The DEQ says it will require the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to provide more information on how they will protect water quality at locations where the projects cross streams and wetlands.
“This is very favorable,” said Dan Crawford, Chair of the Sierra Club’s Roanoke Group. “This is exactly what a lot of people need to hear to be assured that the state of Virginia is going to step up to the plate and do a good job. If they do a good job, this project will never happen.”
The Mountain Valley Pipeline company provided the following statement Friday afternoon: In Part-
“MVP has worked closely with state and federal environmental agencies to provide accurate, comprehensive information that would allow for a thorough environmental review of the project.”
“We look forward to working with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to obtain and meet Virginia’s water quality certification requirements along with those of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ nationwide permit 12 for wetland and stream crossings.”
This process can take several months or more. This allows many other angles to stop the whole deal according to opponents of the two pipeline projects.
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