New challenge to MVP project questions river crossing permit

By Ken Ward Jr.
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Federal officials approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline using a streamlined review process that isn’t allowed for projects with the kind of time-consuming river crossings involved in construction of the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, lawyers for citizen groups and environmental organizations told a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Lawyers for the Sierra Club, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, the Indian Creek Watershed Association and other groups urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend the Clean Water Act permit for the entire MVP project until questions about plans for crossings of the Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier and Meadow rivers are resolved. Read more.