Fracked Gas Mountain Valley Pipeline to Pay Penalty for Water Quality Violations

Settlement with Virginia Attorney General Includes Multi-Million Dollar Fine, Additional Scrutiny

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RICHMOND, VA -- Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC will pay a $2.15 million penalty and must adhere to additional monitoring and environmental protections in the construction of its 300-mile fracked gas pipeline. The penalty is a result of MVP committing more than 300 water protection violations.

In response, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Director Kate Addleson released the following statement:

"As we’ve seen -- and said -- time and time again, there is no right way to build this dirty, dangerous fracked gas pipeline, full stop. This penalty shows that MVP’s construction standards were never anywhere close to protecting our land, water, and communities. We knew we couldn’t trust MVP to have the interests of Virginians in mind when they first proposed this project, and we’re even more sure of it now. Virginians will keep fighting and demanding their communities, air, and water are protected from this dirty and dangerous project.”


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