See below for a letter from 33 Virginia organizations, “representing over 335,000 people,“ to Attorney General Mark Herring regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline, requesting that he
- “[Sue] the Trump administration for rolling back the protections Congress passed in the Endangered Species Act.
- “[Provide] guidance to the State Water Control Board to add the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) update to their September 24 meeting agenda. The board needs to address MVP’s pollution of Virginia waterways that provide habitat for endangered fish. It is the board’s responsibility to enforce the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act regulations.”
I couldn’t agree more. In general, this pipeline is a terrible idea, both for environmental and economic reasons. The fact is, given the escalating climate crisis, at this point there is absolutely no justification for building any new fossil fuel infrastructure, including for fracked gas, which emits the potent greenhouse gas methane in its production process and also the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide when it is burned to produce power.
P.S. For some recent stories on the Mountain Valley Pipeline boondoggle, see BREAKING: Days After Claiming It Would Be Done by “Early 2021,” Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC Requests Two More Years to Finish Its Fracked-Gas Boondoggle; BREAKING: North Carolina DEQ Denies 401 Certification for Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Project, Cites “uncertainty of the MVP Mainline project’s completion”; Mountain Valley Pipeline Claims Project 92% Complete, Expects “Full In-Service” by “Early 2021.” Don’t Hold Your Breath.; Why on Earth Is Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Considered “Essential Infrastructure” During COVID-19 Crisis?
P.P.S. Individuals can join the effort to protect our water and endangered fish. It only takes a couple minutes to go to this link to use a portal that will generate an email to the State Water Control Board and DEQ: