We’ve been telling you for years about the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 300+ mile long fracked-gas pipeline from fracking fields in West Virginia near Pennsylvania, through Virginia, and all the way into North Carolina.
Last month, a Federal Court of Appeals threw out the permits allowing Equitrans to build a section of the MVP through the Jefferson National Forest. Since it took them 2 years to get the permit the first time, this has left the pipeline company scrambling again, promising that it can finish by 2024, 6 years later than originally scheduled — all of which is giving investors cold feet.
We don’t have to wait until 2024 to say #NoMVP & Doom to the Pipeline. Join us and our friends at Beyond Extreme Energy in calling Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at (866) 455-3498 & tell them to issue a stop work order on the pipeline, and end this debacle for good.
On February 3rd another federal court ruled that the MVP had not adequately assessed impacts on endangered fish species Roanoke Logperch and Candy Darter that we wrote you about a few months ago. The court statement concludes: “We recognize that this decision will further delay the completion of an already mostly finished pipeline, but the Endangered Species Act’s directive to federal agencies could not be clearer: halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost.” MVP has twice lost U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permits to cross streams, and on February 11th the US Army Corps of Engineers said it will will not grant federal water crossing permits until the impact on endangered species is newly assessed.
MVP’s FERC certification runs out on October 13th, but FERC’s next meeting is this Thursday, the 17th and it’s critical work is stopped before this spring. Call (866) 455-3498 to be directed to each of the FERC Commissioners and tell them to issue a stop work order on the MVP.
Not sure what to say? Try this script from our friends at BXE:
‘Recently the Mountain Valley Pipeline lost key permits to cross the Jefferson National Forest, was denied water crossing permits at the federal level, and was ordered to reassess impacts on endangered species the Roanoke Logperch and the Candy Darter. Previously, when the MVP lost so many critical permits in fall of 2019, FERC issued a stop work order. I’m calling to ask that FERC follow this precedent and issue a stop work order on the MVP, NOW. Furthermore when the project’s certifications expire on October 13th, I’m asking that you deny the project outright due to lack of need and adverse climate impact.’