CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 4, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is in close contact with Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) officials following a stop work order issued yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
MVP has reported to WVDEP that it is directing additional resources to already existing environmental staff along the approximately 196-mile route to stabilize work areas and right of ways to ensure that environmental controls are maintained to protect the waters of the state.
Governor Jim Justice supports the building of natural gas pipelines, which will provide significant revenue to the state of West Virginia as additional natural gas is produced and severance taxes are paid. However, the Governor stresses the pipelines must be built in a manner that does not harm the health of West Virginia’s citizens or its waterways. Governor Justice has been in contact with WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton regarding the stop work order issued by FERC.
More information on the pipeline, including a map showing its path through West Virginia, is available here: https://dep.wv.gov/pio/Pages/Major-Pipelines-In-West-Virginia.aspx