The fight continues over the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia landowners, Bold Alliance and other advocates on Thursday vowed to continue the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, despite the Virginia State Water Control Board’s issuance of a permit for the proposed fracked gas pipeline project.

“Today, the state of Virginia ignored science and the citizens of our state; the State Water Control Board chose corporate interests over the people of the commonwealth,” said Carolyn Reilly, regional organizer with Bold Alliance. “As an impacted landowner and a citizen, I feel betrayed and wronged by this decision. But, our fight will continue to protect land, water and people from this risky, fracked-gas pipeline.“

Over 300 landowners in Virginia and West Virginia still stand in the way of this project. Mountain Valley still needs permits from a number of additional agencies including the Virginia Marine Resource Commission, to which we are appealing for a public hearing. The company has failed to get zoning for siting crucial equipment in Pittsylvania Co., VA and Fayette Co., WV. It still has a long way to go and faces vehement opposition from pipeline fighters all along the route.

Separately, Bold Alliance and a collective of more than 50 landowners’ federal lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to move forward. That suit seeks to block the granting of eminent domain authority to seize land against owners’ wishes for the proposed Mountain Valley pipeline and similar projects.

Meanwhile, the hundreds of landowners who have been sued by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC seeking to seize their land via eminent domain for the pipeline are expected to hear back soon from the court hearing that case on various motions, including a motion to continue a scheduled Dec. 28 hearing — at which all 300+ landowners and their respective attorneys would need be present — until after the holidays.

Background on landowners’ eminent domain lawsuit against FERC: http://boldalliance.org/ferc