West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton announced today that the agency has lifted the suspension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) state Stormwater Permit. The suspension was put in place in September to allow the agency to properly respond to all public comments received.
Additionally, the state has chosen to waive the individual 401 Certification of the federal permits for the MVP. The Army Corps of Engineers recently reissued, with provisions that are specific to West Virginia, the Nationwide 12 permit which is used for stream crossings. These new conditions, when combined with specific requirements that are included in the state's storm water permit, will allow for better enforcement capabilities and enhanced protection for the state's waters.
Read more in the Thursday, November 2, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.