DEP sets hearings on MVP pipeline

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Protesters against the Mountain Valley Pipeline demonstrate in front of The Greenbrier resort in September 2015.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of public hearings on permits sought by the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

The DEP is considering applications for a state water quality certification, for a Natural Streams Preservation Act permit and for an oil and gas general water pollution permit for the MVP project.

State regulators describe the project as being “comprised of approximately 195 miles of natural gas pipeline along with compressor stations, meter stations, access roads and interconnects through: Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe Counties in West Virginia.”

More information is available on the DEP website at dep.wv.gov/news/Pages/MVPInfo.aspx.

DEP public hearings all start at 6 p.m. and well be held on March 6 at the Webster County High School Auditorium, on March 7 at the Summers Memorial Building in Hinton and on March 9 at the Robert C. Byrd High School Large Group Instruction Room in Harrison County.

On Tuesday, DEP sent out a public notice announcing the public hearings.

Jake Glance, acting public information officer for DEP Secretary Austin Caperton, declined a request for an interview with the agency officials handling the permit application review.

Any interested person may submit written comments on the permits to the DEP during the comment period, which ends on March 19 at 8 p.m. Comments or requests should be emailed to dep.comments@wv.gov or mailed to director, Division of Water and Waste Management, DEP, ATTN: Sharon Mullins, permitting section, 601 57th Street, S.E., Charleston, W.Va., 25304.

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