The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reopened a public comment period for modifications to a combined state and federal permit, referred to as Nationwide Permit 12, that allows MVP to dig trenches through streams and wetlands for its buried pipeline. This permit was issued by the Army Corps in December 2017 but then struck down last year by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after pressure from pipeline opponents. We cannot afford any further delay! ADD YOUR NAME to the letter below to tell the WV DEP: Issue this critical permit NOW. We will submit this comment to the WV DEP before the comment period ends on March 4.
I stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in urging the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue Nationwide Permit 12 for Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Project to prevent further delay on this critical pipeline construction.
This roadblock is unnecessary and frustrating, as the permit under discussion was issued by the U.S. Army Corps in December 2017 after a thorough review process examined the pipeline’s environmental impacts and commitment to safety. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals only struck it down in 2018 after succumbing to pressure from pipeline opponents.
The people of Virginia and West Virginia cannot afford this project to face any further delay. MVP is a multi-billion-dollar investment in the region’s infrastructure, putting thousands of men and women to work, many of whom are members of Local 798, a trades union that represents the nation's most dedicated and skilled industry laborers. MVP will also help millions of Americans gain access to affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible and domestically-produced energy.
This additional delay puts these jobs and important community benefits in jeopardy.
For these reasons discussed, I ask that you issue Nationwide Permit 12 for MVP without delay to ensure timely completion of this important natural gas project.
*PLEASE NOTE: Local 798 may submit your signature to state and federal regulatory bodies, as well as elected officials to support Mountain Valley Pipeline.