Va. Regulators Approve MVP Stream-Crossing Permit

After a series of setbacks, the Virginia State Water Control Board approved a necessary stream-crossing permit for the embattled Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) on Tuesday, according to the  Roanoke Times (Va.).

Mountain Valley Pipeline construction. (photo: MVP)

The board voted 3-2, with two members absent, to issue a Virginia Water Protection Permit to MVP. Its developers said in March they hoped to achieve startup of the natural gas pipeline in 2022.

“The facts show that remaining waterbody crossings can be completed successfully and without adverse impacts to sensitive resources as the project team has proposed,” Mountain Valley spokesperson Natalie Cox wrote in a statement. “In fact, Mountain Valley already has successfully performed multiple crossings of waterbodies and wetlands in Virginia, without adverse impacts to water quality.”

Earlier in the year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to uphold a decision to allow partial resumption of construction near the Jefferson National Forest in Appalachia, staving off efforts to overturn a December ruling.

The Mountain Valley line, a $6 billion project that stretches from West Virginia to Virginia, is one of a series of energy infrastructure projects that have been delayed by legal opposition and regulatory problems.

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