Approval of Mountain Valley permits puts water at risk, ignores overwhelming opposition

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Lee Francis | Communications Manager
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


RICHMOND – Today, after two days of hearing strong opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the State Water Control Board approved the necessary water quality permits allowing the project to move forward.

In response, Lee Francis, communications manager for Virginia LCV, offered the following statement:

“Today’s vote marks a sad day for Virginia’s environment. When big corporations win out over the interests of landowners, farmers, concerned citizens and conservation advocates alike, we all lose. To anyone that looked into the water permits this board just approved, it was painfully clear they fell woefully short of actually protecting water quality. Make no mistake about it; if this project moves forward, people will suffer.

“Those who have been on the front lines of this fight deserve recognition and should continue making their voices heard. This process is far from over. The incoming administration still has a chance to make this right by ensuring regulators use every tool in their toolbox to hold this project to the highest environmental standards possible, instead of abdicating their authority. Fighting this project and the even more devastating Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be a top legislative priority as we head into the 2018 General Assembly.”


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