The pipelines are NOT a done deal.
The ACP’s Nationwide Permit 12 permits have been suspended, preventing the ACP from being constructed near water crossings. The ACP has not yet received permission to begin construction in Virginia. A court vacated ACP’s permit involving construction in areas that would result in killing endangered species, preventing construction in those areas indefinitely. A court also vacated the ACP’s National Park Service permit for construction across the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, and the court subsequently upheld this decision upon appeal from ACP. Construction has not started at all on the ACP in Virginia, and a notice of violation for water quality protection failures has already been issued to ACP in the pre-construction phase.
A court vacated the MVP’s Army Corp of Engineers NWP12 permit, indefinitely halting construction near water crossings. MVP is under criminal investigation due to over 300 violations already committed during pipeline construction. A court vacated the permits required for the MVP to be constructed in National Forests. Neither pipeline is even close to the schedule the pipeline companies originally intended.
The criminal investigation, rulings by the courts and the vacating of permits prove that the regulatory process has failed already in permitting these pipelines. Governor Ralph Northam’s Department of Environmental Quality has full authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, as well as under a new state law, to stop work on the pipelines. It is now more than ever imperative to fight these pipelines in order to stop the environmental racism and injustice involved, protect water, air, and environment for future generations, stand with the communities impacted, and stand against the corporate erosion of our democracy. Now is the time to get involved!