DEQ issues violation against Mountain Valley Pipeline

Published: Jul. 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM EDT
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The company that's building the Mountain Valley Pipeline is facing new citations from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

According to the DEQ, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC is accused of violating Virginia's Stormwater Management Act and laws related to erosion and sediment control.

In a news release the DEQ said the MVP violations revolve around "failure to take corrective actions within required time frames, failure to install (and improperly installed) best management practices in accordance with approved erosion and sediment control plans, release of sediment off the right-of-way, and sediment deposited in surface waters."

MVP representatives are required to contact DEQ within 10 days with plans to remedy the situation. The company could face fines.

Peter Anderson, Virginia Program Manager issued a statement Tuesday following the notice of violations:

"Citizens have been arguing for years that the Mountain Valley Pipeline cannot be built without violating state and federal law. This is a step in the right direction, but we are alarmed that it has taken this long for DEQ to take enforcement action. Citizen water monitors have reported evidence of dozens of violations, and nearly two months have passed since spring rains wiped out erosion controls along the construction route. We are still calling on the governor and DEQ to order a work stoppage on the Mountain Valley Pipeline until the agency conducts the thorough stream-by-stream review that Virginians deserve.”