West Virginians and Virginians opposed to the Mountain
Valley Pipeline care about property rights, clean water and air, public health
and safety, and sustainable energy security. We
call on Congress and President Biden to resist efforts to give the MVP a free
pass. Reject any attempts to pass laws or sign executive orders that unfairly
privilege the dangerously flawed MVP pipeline for preferential treatment and
automatic completion. Don’t set a dangerous precedent for pipeline safety and
for the manipulation of our courts for future projects.
From our front row seats, we know that
the MVP deserves to fail based on its own record. In its determination to maximize corporate profits, the parent
company of MVP chose an untenable route that disregards the genuine
environmental limitations of construction in the Appalachian Mountains. MVP's
faulty permits and repeated violations of regulations have caused significant
delays in the construction of its project. Despite this, West Virginia senators
and representatives continue to introduce permitting schemes that prioritize
MVP's interests over environmental protection and public safety, while hypocritically labeling landowners along the
route as "radical" and "left-wing". Their actions
prioritize corporate profits over constituents and national interests.
Those of us on and near the Mountain
Valley Pipeline route do not care about each other’s politics or party
affiliations. The MVP is a shared threat to our health, land and water—and to
our country’s future.
care about the abuse and unfairness of eminent domain for private gain. MVP
was allowed to seize people’s property to build a pipeline designed by an
inexperienced limited liability joint venture.
care about misinformation. Contrary to claims by our West Virginia
representatives, corporate greed, not lack of the MVP, has caused energy costs
to rise. Major gas and oil companies are exploiting the current political
unrest abroad as the justification to push “energy independence” for the US,
while at the same time raising their profits and driving up costs for all
care about quality standards for critical infrastructure projects. MVP
submitted an inadequate and inaccurate application based on desktop planning
instead of on-the-ground research, early public input and rigorous scientific
assessment. There was no accurate accounting of the devastation it would cause
to the forests, steep slopes, unstable soils and irreplaceable water resources
it would cross. No understanding of the cultural ties and historical sites its
route would disrupt and destroy. Agencies were pressured to approve inferior
permit applications, and FERC granted MVP the go-ahead Certificate despite its
omissions, errors of facts and fundamental flaws. This is not a good model
for the sustainable energy build-out our country needs.
care about risks to critical water resources, both public and private. Most
homes and property along MVP’s 303-mile route rely on private wells and springs
for safe drinking water. MVP cut corners—downplaying the route’s challenges and
overselling its own construction and environmental control plans. Although MVP
has been fined more than $2.7 million in water quality violations in West
Virginia and Virginia, the assault continues and these fines appear to mean
little more to MVP than the “cost of doing business”.
care about public safety. MVP’s unprecedented route crosses 225 miles
of terrain with significant landslide risk (more than any comparable pipeline
approved by FERC). Approximately 100 miles lie within an active earthquake
zone, much of that in fragile karst terrain marked by caves, sinking streams
and vulnerable aquifers. Together, these hazards significantly increase the
potential for pipeline instability, rupture and explosion.
· We care about other vulnerable communities
that will suffer. If put into service, the MVP will condemn Marcellus and
Utica shale communities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio to decades of
expanded fracking and air pollution, and to billions of gallons of water
forever contaminated with toxic chemicals. North Carolina communities and farms
along the proposed 70-mile MVP Southgate extension will face the same exploitation
and environmental destruction caused by a project driven by private greed, not public need.
across the political spectrum, we care deeply about our country and our
children’s children. Fast-tracking an unsafe project that will add the
greenhouse gas equivalent of 26 coal-fired plants annually fails the
common-sense test. The oil and gas industry has known about the existential
danger of our dependence on fossil fuels for more than 50 years, misleading the
public and enjoying special subsidies all along the way. It’s time to face the
truth. We should be decreasing, not increasing, our use of fossil fuels. It shows
unforgivable lack of vision and betrayal of the public trust for our
representatives and leaders in Washington to fuel this fatal methane addiction
with projects like the MVP.
What legacy will we leave our
children? We urge you: Protect your
constituents and the country. Don’t give a free pass to the MVP!
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This petition is sponsored by Indian
Creek Watershed Association of Monroe County, WV.
We welcome sign-ons by West
Virginians, Virginians and others who want to protect our water, property
rights, communities, natural resources and future!
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