Virginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline for repeated violations

virginia deqAttorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality are suing the Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC for repeated violations of common-sense environmental protections.

Opposition to the controversial pipeline has always been intense, but has increased steadily as MVP committed violation after violation and came under greater scrutiny.

Environmental organizations, individual property owners, and grassroots groups have joined together to fight the project. In fact, the grassroots pipeline monitoring organization Mountain Valley Watch has submitted dozens of suspected violations to DEQ.

“Today the Attorney General confirmed what we have known all along: that Mountain Valley Pipeline has repeatedly harmed our rivers and environment all along the pipeline route,” said Kate Addleson, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club. “It’s reassuring to see our state government finally taking steps toward holding Mountain Valley Pipeline accountable for their repeated violations of our commonsense clean water protections.

“Without real consequences, the polluting corporations behind these fracked gas projects will keep running roughshod through our commonwealth, putting the health and safety of Virginians in jeopardy. Virginians will be eager to see how this lawsuit plays out, and whether it achieves the desired effect of better protecting the families and communities in the path of this harmful pipeline,” Addleson said.

Today’s announcement is the latest in a string of bad news for fracked gas pipelines in Virginia, as it comes on the heels of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline losing permits it needed to build through streams and waterways.

 

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