Tell Regulators: Issue MVP Water Permits

The Mountain Valley Pipeline Project is seeking permits to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia to help push this long-delayed project towards completion. The crossing of roughly three hundred of these streams requires permit approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, who will rely on input from both states, and the remaining crossings fall under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) purview.

The draft 401 Water Quality Certification, in particular, is expected to be available this September, which will trigger a public comment period. In preparation for this and other comment periods for MVP water crossing permits, it’s important that we mobilize support for this critical project that has been delayed for far too long.

Sign our petition below that we will submit to the Army Corps, FERC and other decision makers supporting the necessary water crossing permits for MVP!

Dear Secretary:

I support the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and urge the swift approval of water crossing permits necessary for project completion.

MVP is a multi-billion-dollar investment in the region’s infrastructure network that has, at various points of construction, employed thousands of area craftsmen, many of whom are members of Pipeliners Local 798, a trades union that represents the nation's most dedicated and skilled industry workers. Once operational, MVP will be an immediately impactful part of the region’s energy infrastructure network, providing key access to domestic supplies of affordable and reliable natural gas.

MVP has been studied extensively by state and federal regulators and has earned critical permits after thorough examination of the pipeline’s environmental impacts and commitment to safety. Project leaders continue to address concerns raised by environmentalists and government officials and has demonstrated a clear plan to finish construction once all necessary permits are in hand.

I urge the swift approval of water crossing permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline for the following reasons:

  • MVP has maintained its commitment to comply with all U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations during construction and is utilizing seasoned inspectors who ensure compliance with the highest safety standards and construction specifications;
  • The project voluntarily purchased more than $150 million in carbon offsets, which will make MVP one of the first interstate natural gas pipelines to achieve carbon neutrality for its operational emissions;
  • At more than 90 percent complete, MVP has already had a tremendous impact on state and local economies, putting 2,500 craftsmen to work during peak construction and generating critical economic activity in communities within the project footprint. Once operational, counties along the route are expected to receive an estimated $10 million annually in Virginia and $35 million annually in West Virginia;
  • Many of the wells drilled in the Marcellus and Utica shales lack the means to deliver natural gas to customers. It is critical that we prioritize clean, domestically sourced energy in the Virginias and support the expansion of the existing natural gas pipeline capacity through projects such as MVP.

Unforeseen litigation battles and permitting delays are jeopardizing thousands of good jobs, critical economic benefits and access to environmentally responsible, reliable energy.

This is why I ask that you issue necessary water crossing permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline without delay to ensure the long-delayed completion of this important natural gas project.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Supporter

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