Mountain Valley Pipeline loses key permit

Permit allowed pipeline to cross Virginia streams

NORFOLK, Va. – Mountain Valley Pipeline construction experiences another speed bump after a key permit was suspended Friday, according to the Sierra Club. 

The Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit, which would have allowed the pipeline to cross Virginia streams, on Friday. 

The action follows Tuesday's federal court ruling, which threw out MVP's stream crossing permit for southern West Virginia.

Below is a statement from MVP spokeswoman Natalie Cox in reaction to suspending the permit: 

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District suspended its Nationwide 12 Permit (NWP12) for stream and waterbody crossings in Virginia for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project. The Norfolk District suspended its  NWP12 for MVP pending the resolution of MVP’s NWP12 issued by the USACE Huntington District for waterbody crossings in West Virginia, which the the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court vacated on October 2, 2018. MVP does not expect additional delays to its fourth quarter 2019 targeted in-service date as it continues other construction activities along the route. The MVP project team expects to receive a new or reissued NWP12 from the Huntington District in early 2019, upon which time the Norfolk District’s NWP12 can be reinstated — and stream and wetland crossing work can continue in West Virginia and Virginia.


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