On July 27, 2018, a federal court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club and other plaintiffs that federal agencies (US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) had not property examined Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposal before issuing permits for its construction through Jefferson National Forest. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) then issued a Stop Work order and approved a questionable “Stabilization Plan” that would allow 45 to 90 miles of construction right now.
The court ruling directly affects the crest of Peters Mountain, where MVP proposes to bore under the Appalachian Trail, as well as construction areas where the pipeline route would have a significant impact on the AT off and on for about 100 miles.
This blog aims give a little clarity to a very complicated process by giving the names, dates and basics of the situation as it unfolds. LINKS will take you to the original documents.
HERE IS THE BASIC TIMELINE. IT WILL BE UPDATED AS EVENTS UNFOLD.
July 27, 2018 Federal Court withdraws (vacates) permits for the pipeline in Jefferson National Forest
August 3, 2018 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues a Stop Work order for the entire project
Local observers document ongoing construction during this time; at least one landowner is told by MVP representative that Stop Work order does not apply outside of Jefferson National Forest
August 9, 2018 MVP submits a “Stabilization Plan” that allows 45 to 90 miles of construction during the Stop Work Order
August 10, 2018 FERC approves most of the “Stabilization Plan,” with some decisions “Pending”
August 14, 2018 MVP requests that FERC modify the Stop Work order so they can continue with construction. They offer their own version of “Stop Work” – who is really in charge here?
Local observers continue to document MVP construction