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Northam: Protesters draw attention to pipelines

Sunday Jan. 14, 2018

RICHMOND — Pipeline protesters could be heard chanting, “life is water,” as inauguration festivities kicked off at noon.

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Efforts to take land for the Mountain Valley Pipeline challenged by property owners

Saturday Jan. 13, 2018

ROANOKE — Even as it asks a federal judge to allow it to run a natural gas pipeline through land it does not own, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC is considering changes to the pipeline’s route.

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Mountain Valley begins legal efforts to take private land for its pipeline

 Friday Jan. 12, 2018

ROANOKE — The path to building a natural gas pipeline led to a packed courtroom Friday in Roanoke’s federal court, where landowners are fighting efforts by Mountain Valley Pipeline to take their property for the project.

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Roanoke, Blacksburg Democrats roll out pipeline-related bills

Thursday Jan. 11, 2018

RICHMOND — Spurred by the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, Democrats from the Roanoke and New River valleys introduced a slew of pipeline-related bills this week… “We are tired of being bullied, we are tired of being pushed around,” Rasoul said Thursday at a news conference in Richmond.

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Environmental groups seek to halt construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. “As construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline draws closer, a coalition of environmental groups is asking a federal appeals court to issue a stay that would stop the project in its tracks.”

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Mountain Valley Pipeline moves forward after federal approvals

Friday Jan. 5, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. “Two federal agencies have taken actions that will allow a natural gas pipeline to cross streams and wetlands more than 500 times in Southwest Virginia and burrow under the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

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Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents plan to appeal federal court ruling

Thursday Dec. 14, 2017

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) “Landowners who live in the path of the proposed natural gas pipeline are challenging the process of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows the use of eminent domain for a project opponents argue is not a public use.”

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State water board sued over decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline

Friday Dec. 8, 2017

Lawsuit filed against Va. State Water Control Board over 401 Certification
One day after Virginia’s SWCB approved MVP’s 401 certification, a lawsuit challenging the decision was filed in federal court by Appalachian Mountain Advocates for the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.

Roanoke Times, Dec. 8, 2017: State water board sued over decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipelin

Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2017: Environmental groups file suit in federal court against gas pipeline

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Dec. 8, 2017:  MVP approval faces new federal court challenge

Beckley Register-Herald, Dec. 8, 2017: Pipeline taxation still a puzzle in Monroe County

Water Control Board Awards Certification, Ends with Conflict and Confusion 

Thursday Dec. 7, 2017

“RICHMOND — A state board responsible for protecting Virginia’s water awarded certification Thursday for the deeply controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, voting 5-2 during a meeting that ended with confusion and conflict.

With its vote, the State Water Control Board determined there was a “reasonable assurance” that construction of the natural gas pipeline will not contaminate streams and other bodies of water along its path.

Opponents counter that digging trenches for a buried steel pipe 42 inches in diameter along steep mountain slopes is a recipe for environmental disaster….”

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Hundreds protest pipelines at Virginia state capitol

Sunday Dec. 3, 2017

“RICHMOND — A stream of protesters circled the state capitol Saturday to decry two natural gas pipeline projects they say will poison Virginia’s springs, creeks, rivers and lakes.

The crowd of about 500 gathered to send a message to the State Water Control Board, which meets Wednesday and Thursday to consider water quality certifications for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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