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Layers of injustice: Community concerns ignored as federal regulators allow Mountain Valley Pipeline to begin operation

I can only imagine the righteous anger, the justifiable anxiety and the terrible helplessness many of them must be feeling after fighting this pipeline for 10 years — pointing out its many flaws and dangers and winning court battle after court battle by proving developers and regulators were ignoring laws meant to protect communities and the environment — only to have those regulators allow the pipeline to go into service.

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Federal government allows failing Mountain Valley Pipeline to go in-service

This lengthy section of green, pre-welded pipeline lays along side a deep, machine-dug trench that extends down a long slope through a cleared swath of forested land.

Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to go in-service. This announcement arrives after a decade of community-led resistance to the pipeline project. MVP has doubled in cost and delayed completion for six years due to failures to comply with environmental protections and resulting legal challenges.

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Statement by Appalachian Voices on Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request to place MVP in service

This lengthy section of green, pre-welded pipeline lays along side a deep, machine-dug trench that extends down a long slope through a cleared swath of forested land.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2024 CONTACT: Molly Moore, Director of Program Communications: (828) 278-4076, molly@appvoices.org Jessica Sims, Virginia Field Coordinator: (804) 356-1228, jessica@appvoices.org Today, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking commissioners

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Pipe blowout heightens Mountain Valley Pipeline concerns

When Congress placed a thumb on the scale to mandate approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s permits in June 2023, construction resumed and communities along the route expressed deep concerns about the use of degraded materials and rushed construction practices.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Safety Issues Continue

A group of people are seated around tables as if speaking in a meeting.

The recent failure of a section of pipe during testing has heightened residents’ long-standing concerns about deteriorated pipe and rushed construction putting their safety at risk.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction and Lawsuits Advance

Litigation around the controversial 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline continues.

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Statement by Appalachian Voices on MVP’s request to place pipeline in service in May

Yesterday, Mountain Valley Pipeline sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking the agency’s director of the Office of Energy Projects for official permission to place MVP in service.

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The latest on Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate

Even as Mountain Valley Pipeline’s rushed construction results in landslides and muddy waters in Virginia and concerned residents call for state and federal authorities to stop the damage, communities to the south are facing new and changing threats from the pipeline’s proposed Southgate extension.

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Join App Voices at the Appalachian Studies Conference

This year, the App Studies Conference will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, from March 7 to March 9. Along with a wide array of grassroots partners, Appalachian Voices will be there to learn, teach and have a good time!

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Communities continue to seek safety measures for Mountain Valley Pipeline

A large, partially buried, green pipe lays half submerged in water in a trench. Other pipe is visible off to the sides of the trench.

Along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, citizen monitors have watched a frenzy of workers hurriedly lower sun-bleached and degraded pipe into trenches, burying as much material as possible. Although safety concerns led the agency tasked with pipe safety, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to issue a consent agreement, the agreement has not brought peace of mind.

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