The following statement (see below) is from Wild Virginia’s Conservation Director David Sligh, regarding this “Record of Decision” “approving a right-of-way (ROW) and temporary use permit (TUP) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project (Project) on federal lands under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service or FS) in Virginia and West Virginia.”
Note that the person who approved this decision is none other than Trump’s anti-environment Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt – in his final few days in office, thank god! – who’s “a former lobbyist for Big Oil and Big Ag”; whose “client list was heavy on fossil fuel interests”; who was (as of April 2019) “involved in at least 17 different scandals; and who “has spent most of his professional life attacking water, lands, and wildlife on behalf of polluting industries.” Oh, and as an added “bonus,” Bernhardt also resisted D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “request that he cancel permits for DC protests between now and Inauguration…despite threat of violence.” Lovely, eh?
With that, here’s the statement by Wild Virginia.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on January 14, 2021 and authorized a 30-year right of way and associated Temporary Use Permit for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) across the Jefferson National Forest.