By Ken Ward Jr.
State regulators conceded on Wednesday that a state-issued permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline should have undergone more extensive review to determine whether the controversial project would degrade the water quality in rivers and streams along its 300-mile route through nearly a dozen West Virginia counties.
The state Department of Environmental Protection described the need for further review in a court filing in which it asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing a legal challenge to DEP’s approval of the pipeline, to send the state’s water quality certification for MVP back to DEP.
DEP lawyer Jason Wandling said in the court filing that the agency had “determined that the information used to issue” the certification “needs to be further evaluated and possibly enhanced.”