Mountain Valley Pipeline

Appalachian Mountain Advocates has been working to stop the Mountain Valley pipeline in many different forums since 2014. The 304-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline would devastate the fragile ecosystems of hundreds of mountains and streams in West Virginia and Virginia. Even more, the pipeline would be responsible for more greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants.

Appalmad, in cooperation with our allies, has brought cases in state and federal court to challenge the project’s permits. These permits have consistently failed to satisfy the law and protect communities and the environment as required. Eight years later, we are still deep in litigation. So far, in cooperation with our partners, we have brought:

Because of those cases, pipeline construction is currently stalled. 

In 2022 we are back in court challenging unlawfully issued permits for pipeline construction. We expect a decision soon in a case challenging FERC decisions in 2020 that let pipeline construction resume. And we have two pending challenges to Clean Water Act approvals issued by the State of West Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia that would allow the pipeline to obtain a federal permit to trench or blast through hundreds of streams in West Virginia. We filed our written arguments in the cases in the Summer of 2022, and expect to present oral arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in the Fall of 2022.

Of course, we expect to challenge future actions by federal agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, if they continue to improperly issue permits for the project.