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Virginia reconsiders approval of water permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

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The Virginia State Water Control Board might cancel a state-issued Clean Water Act Section-401 water quality certification for the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC natural gas transportation project after the state sued the developer for water-related environmental violations.

The board voted to hold a hearing to “consider the revocation” of the permit at a meeting in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 14. According to a news release from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the board will decide on the process and schedule in the next few weeks. Losing the permit could hamper construction on the pipeline in the state.

The move came after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a lawsuit against Mountain Valley for what the state said were as many as 300 environmental violations in several counties along the pipeline route. The violations of federal and state law involved erosion, sediment and stormwater standards, and many of them occurred after significant rainfall, the state said.

A Mountain Valley spokesperson said the developer has tried to design a route with the least impact to communities and the environment and has worked closely with state and federal agencies. “We will continue to work with the VA DEQ and the [State Water Control Board] to address any additional concerns,” Natalie Cox said Dec. 14.

The Virginia board’s action is one of many permitting and legal challenges for the pipeline project.

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