CHARLESTON, W.V., Oct. 25, 2017 - Throwing out its earlier certification, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will take another look at Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP’s) certification to assess its compliance with state water quality standards. Under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, state certification is required before pipeline construction can begin. Though MVP received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission based on the DEP’s previous decision, construction is on hold until a new decision is issued. The DEP filed a motion to invalidate its March decision after several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, challenged the MVP certification in court. The MVP project is a natural gas pipeline system that spans just over 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.
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