The Mountain Valley Pipeline in Roanoke County, pictured in 2018. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a permit allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross hundreds of Virginia streams and wetlands, The Roanoke Times reports.
The action comes three days after a similar permit for West Virginia water crossings was vacated by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Advocates are calling for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order another halt to all construction on the much-opposed project.
“This immediate halt of construction in Virginia and West Virginia is important to the landowners in the pipeline’s path who have carried the burden of experiencing MVP’s faulty construction practices and damage to numerous waterways this year,” said Lara Mack, Virginia field coordinator with Appalachian Voices. “Their suffering is especially egregious due to the utter lack of evidence that more pipeline capacity is even needed in our region. It is only right that the corps halt work on the entire devastating project to protect our water quality.”
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