Tell FERC: No more variances, Times UP on the MVP

the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is back at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking, once again, to be allowed to bend the rules to the breaking point so they can keep building a fracked gas pipeline nobody wants or needs during the pandemic.

The MVP is a 303 mile long fracked gas pipeline from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Along the way it would cross the Appalachian trail, more than 1000 rivers and streams, and require clear-cutting wide tracks of the Appalachian mountains.

For years resistance has built against the MVP -- including countless community rallies, several long-standing tree sits, and blockades by activists. Due in part to that diligent work, the MVP is behind schedule and $2 billion over budget.

This time, they are asking for special permission - a variance, in legal parlance - to drill under dozens of streams and rivers - a risky plan that could pollute hundreds of communities downstream. Not to mention the fact that the plan will require bringing in dozens of work crews, many from out-of-state, while the pandemic is surging in South Eastern Virginia - putting unnecessary strain on essential workers in food service, transportation, and other industries while over-taxing an already busy health care system.

They need FERC's permission because a federal court has “stayed” the company’s Clean Water Act permit already - just one of dozens of fines and delays that are raising real questions about whether MVP is accurately reporting how much of the pipeline has been built. The MVP owners are afraid, if FERC doesn't let them bend the rules so they can continue construction by drilling under all these streams and waterways, investors will get cold feet and abandon the project.

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To: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
From: [Your Name]

Re: Docket Number – CP21-12-000 Deny MVP’s request to amend Certificate

Dear Commissioners,

I am signing this petition to request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deny the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) request to amend their original Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and drill under numerous water crossings.

A single error in this plan could impact dozens of nearby communities' water supply and expose them to further pollution. Furthermore, if given this variance MVP's parent company, Equitrans has said they may need to bring as many as 4,000 out-of-state workers, during the peak of a pandemic that has already claimed too many lives.

Given MVP's abysmal track record of not adhering to law, or pandemic health and safety guidelines, we ask that you deny this request for a variance.