WVDEP: Stormwater permit suspension lifted for pipeline project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says the agency has lifted their suspension of the state stormwater permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The WVDEP put the suspension into place in September in order to respond to all public comments the department received.

The WVDEP says West Virginia is the only state involved in the pipeline project that has a stormwater permitting program for oil and gas activities.

West Virginia has also chosen to waive the individual 401 Certification of the federal permits for the pipeline. The WVDEP also says the Army Corps of Engineers has reissued the Nationwide 12 permit used for stream crossings.

The department says that these actions will help protect the state’s water.

“This is a case where the public review and comment system worked especially well,” stated WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “This summer, after months of diligent work, WVDEP put forth for public review and comment a draft certification and permit for the MVP pipeline. As a result of some of the issues that were included in those public comments, our agency developed a revised strategy that will better utilize the state stormwater permit to provide significantly stronger safeguards for the waters of West Virginia.”