FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2017
Lorne Stockman, lorne [at] priceofoil [dot] org
Kelly Trout, kelly [at] priceofoil [dot] org
David Turnbull, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org
VA State Water Control Board approves the Mountain Valley Pipeline: Oil Change International response
Today, the Virginia State Water Control Board decided to approve the Section 401 water quality certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. In response, Lorne Stockman, Senior Research Analyst with Oil Change International and Virginia resident, released the following statement:
“The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality let Virginians down today by recommending approval of the 401 permit and the State Water Control Board has accepted that recommendation. By approving the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s water permits, it has put the interests of dirty energy companies ahead of safety, water quality, the climate and our children’s future.
“Some three hundred landowners along the pipeline route in West Virginia and Virginia have not yet signed easements to allow construction on their property. The Mountain Valley Pipeline has been unable to secure zoning for crucial sites in Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Fayette County, West Virginia. Additionally, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is still considering a request to rehear the federal decision on the pipeline.
“In short, the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline is not over. Hundreds of Virginians circled the state Capitol last weekend, and Virginians across the state will continue to oppose this dangerous pipeline. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a boondoggle that imperils our climate and communities. It must not be built.”
Notes for editors:
- For more information on the climate impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, see Oil Change International’s briefing: https://priceofoil.org/2017/02/15/mountain-valley-pipeline-greenhouse-gas-emissions-briefing/
- For more information on how the Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens to shunt serious risks and costs on to utility ratepayers, see: https://priceofoil.org/2017/09/19/how-gas-pipelines-fleece-ratepayers/
- For more information on the banks financing the Mountain Valley Pipeline, see: https://priceofoil.org/2017/05/18/banks-behind-the-mountain-valley-pipeline/