We recognize that citizens will have many questions and concerns about this project, and we will attempt to provide information as it becomes available. As of December 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit for the MVP project is suspended. The permit allows the project to cross streams and wetlands. Activity in Roanoke County is minimal. We anticipate that this will continue through the winter.
Based on legal filings and conversations with company representatives, this is what we know of the construction stages/crew schedules:
- Tree felling
- Erosion and sediment controls
- Tree processing
- Segregating the topsoil
- Building the Right-of-Way
- Stringing (trucks delivering the pipes)
- Welding (automated)
- Lowering (placing in trench)
News and Information
- Virginia Attorney General and DEQ File Suit Against Mountain Valley Pipeline
On December 7, 2018 the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality filed a Lawsuit
against Mountain Valley for numerous and serious violations of environmental law resulting in unpermitted impacts to waterways and roads in multiple counties of Southwest Virginia. The complaint was filed in the Henrico County Circuit Court. Read a filing summarizing the suit.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Suspends Nationwide Permit 12
On October 5, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended construction in streams and wetlands. However, maintenance and re-establishment of controls is allowed. The permit authorizes impacts to waters of the US (streams and wetlands) at 383 separate stream crossings and 142 separate wetland crossings within the Commonwealth of Virginia. View the notice.
- AEP Inspecting Electrical Lines on the Southwest Side of Bent Mountain near MVP Route
Beginning Monday, May 21 through Sunday, May 27, AEP will be using an aircraft (similar to this) to patrol along some of the company’s largest electrical lines. The helicopter will fly in areas on the southwest side of Bent Mountain to include Glenvar/Dixie Caverns, Shawsville, and Riner. The pilot and passenger are inspecting the lines to ensure that spacers on the transmission lines, which are large spring-like devices that keep the wires from touching, are in good shape. This is not related to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.
- State Water Control Board Opens 30-day Written Public Comment Period for Technical Information on Specific Wetland and/or Stream Crossings
At the April 12, 2018 State Water Control Board meeting, discussion occurred as to whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (which authorizes discharges of dredged or fill material into wetlands and streams during the construction of natural gas pipelines) is sufficiently protective of the Commonwealth's aquatic resources. The board decided to provide a 30-day written public comment opportunity. The sole purpose of the written public comment period, which starts on Monday, April 30, 2018 is for interested persons to submit technical comments and/or information to the board. For submittal instructions, visit www.deq.virginia.gov/PipelineUpdates.
- MVP Shares Maps of Tree Clearing by Habitat Category in FERC Filing
On April 25, 2018, Mountain Valley Pipeline filed two maps of tree clearings by habitat categories for Virginia and West Virginia. View the filing.
- Roanoke County Issues Statement Regarding MVP Activities
On April 20, 2018, Roanoke County issued a news release regarding the manner in which the Roanoke County Police Department is addressing ongoing protests of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. "The Roanoke County Police Department is required to follow the instructions ordered by the federal court as well as the laws of the Commonwealth which have been determined to permit the use of eminent domain for this project." Read the full statement.
- MVP Shares Status of Tree-Felling Activities in FERC Filing
On April 12, 2018, MVP submitted a map and letter to the FERC to clarify the status of their tree-felling activities, including the timeframe for felling trees in certain areas restricted by federally-listed bat protections. Read the filing.
- Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Denies Memorandum of Agreement with DEQ
On February 27, 2018, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted not to enter into an Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the County and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to establish a cooperative relationship in connection with the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would have enabled County staff to coordinate on land-disturbing activities.
- DEQ Approves Erosion & Sediment, Stormwater, and Karst Plans for MVP to Protect Water Quality
- MVP Requests Notice to Proceed from FERC; Request Includes Portions of Roanoke County
On February 8, 2018 MVP made its 9th Notice to Proceed request
to the FERC
for the project. This is the first request that included portions of the route within Roanoke County. The requests asks that this Notice to Proceed be issued by February 15, 2018.
- Roanoke County Staff Hosts MVP Community Meeting
On January 25, 2018 Roanoke County hosted a community meeting at Cave Spring High School. Attendees learned how Roanoke County Police and Fire & Rescue are preparing for the project, and staff answered citizen questions across a wide variety of topics. Watch the video.
- The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Comments on Draft Treatment Plans
On January 18, 2018, The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) commented to the FERC that they agree with consulting parties' conclusion that the proposed treatments created to address adverse effects to historic properties from the construction of the MVP were inadequate. As a consulsting party, Roanoke County provided extensive comment to this effect regarding the Bent Mountain Rural and Coles-Terry Rural Historic Districts.
- FERC Issues the Programmatic Agreement for Section 106 Process
On December 20, 2017 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the executed PA (Programmatic Agreement) that effectively completes the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) Section 106 process. Section 106 requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties.
- Over Holidays, Several Federal Agencies Sign Off on MVP Project
- The State Water Control Board Approves Section 401 Water Quality Certification
On December 7, 2017, the State Water Control Board approved Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) additional Section 401 water quality certification conditions for the proposed pipeline following a two-day hearing in Richmond. For more information, see DEQ's news release or read the certification document.
- FERC Issues Order for MVP Certificate, Grants Abandonment Authority
On October 13, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2-1 to grant certificate authorizations for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
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