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.
The project is still years behind schedule, drowning in debt, and which locals have fought on land, in the courts, on the water, in the boardrooms, and from high up in the trees. This month, that fight is in front of the US Forest Service, and we need your help to send in all the comments we can opposing the project!
If you want to catch up on what’s been happening with the MVP, check out this great post from our friends at POWHR. The key part that relates to this comment period is:
In January 2022, the Fourth Circuit Court threw out MVP’s permits from US Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cross the Jefferson National Forest, saying the agencies did not consider data on actual (versus anticipated) sedimentation and erosion. USFS reissued an Environmental Impact Statement in December 2022 and has said that new permits could be issued by late summer/early fall 2023.https://powhr.org/status-of-mvp-2023/
As our friend Crystal notes in that post above, we’ve been here before. We’ve fought the MVP at the Forest Service before, and in the courts, and we’ve won. But that hasn’t stopped fossil fuel fascists like Joe Manchin from putting their corrupt thumb on the scales to keep the project alive.
If you need extra encouragement and artistic inspiration to get back in the comment-writing saddle, come join the #No MVP team tonight at “Renewal of Resistance: An Evening with #StopMVP ARTivists.” This will be an online zoom meeting with artists and activists to reconnect and revive our beleaguered spirits before the next comment deadline. You can also get inspired to join us tomorrow at an Army Corps comment party where we’ll practice writing longer, more substantive comments for government consideration. Stay tuned for an action alert on that soon, too.
But if you’re looking for something quick, we only have until February 6 to gather No MVP comments to the US Forest Service. Click here to give us a quick signature and then RSVP to tune in to the Renewal of Resistance rally later tonight.