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June 11, 2024

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline for service. This announcement comes after a decade of community opposition to the pipeline project. The MVP has doubled in cost and its completion has been delayed by six years due to environmental violations and resulting legal challenges.

Representatives of many groups fighting against the pipeline issued the following statements:

Russell Chisholm, Co-Director of the Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights Coalition (POWHR):
“This farce should be a lesson to all donors, government officials and regulators: Stop supporting all fossil fuel projects immediately. Any system that claims to protect us has failed. We need real transparency and accountability for corrupt politicians and corporations, and we demand a livable future amid climate change. Our fight is not over: We have 303 miles of broken pipes – with at least 130 identified anomalies – pumping methane gas through our communities, and we are the target of new projects like Southgate and the Southeast Supply Enhancement Project. We deserve better, and we will never stop demanding better.”

Autumn Crowe, interim executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition:
“For a decade, community members have warned of the risks of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project that far outweigh any benefits. This pipeline crosses thousands of rivers and streams, damaging our water resources in the process. The project is far from fully recovered if hills continue to slide, people do not have clean well water, agricultural lands are damaged, and streams are clogged with sediment. These problems will persist long after gas is pumped through them. This pipeline winds through steep, unstable terrain, and God forbid an incident occurs because schools, churches, and community centers are in the blast zone. We will continue to advocate for the safety of affected communities and the protection of our lands and waters, hoping that no other community will experience the unjustified approval of a project like the Mountain Valley Pipeline.”

Dr. Crystal Cavalier-Keck, co-founder and director of 7 Directions of Service:
“This shameful and deadly decision by our established leaders and regulators to allow MVP to go live only confirms what we have known all along: They don’t care about our safety. When a fracked gas pipeline fails tests, literally explodes, and fails to meet the safety standards its developers agreed to, what is left for local communities? We will continue to demand safety and accountability while increasing our efforts to fight this horrific corruption and enforce ethical laws and policies like Rights of Nature to prevent more lives from being lost and the climate crisis from spiraling out of control.”

Jessica Sims, Virginia field coordinator for Appalachian Voices:
“Since developers first proposed the ruinous Mountain Valley Pipeline, their disregard for community and environmental safety has been clear. Community members and environmental advocates have pointed out the flaws of this project for years, and these fundamental problems with the pipeline persist. By pushing forward, the system designed to protect our communities, our land, and our water despite all of these serious dangers has failed.”

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Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) is an intergovernmental coalition leading the fight to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The coalition includes individuals and groups from counties in Virginia and West Virginia who are committed to protecting water, land, and communities from fossil fuel expansion and environmental injustice. For more information, visit our website: powhr.org.

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring West Virginia’s extraordinary rivers and streams through advocacy, education and community engagement. For more information, visit www.wvrivers.org.

Appalachian Voices is a leading nonprofit organization advocating for a healthy environment and an equitable economy in the Appalachian region and a driving force in America’s transition away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future.

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