Hurricane threat halts construction on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia News

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WRIC) — Construction has been halted on the Mountain Valley Pipeline project in Southwest Virginia ahead of the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence. 

In a release, the Pittsburgh-based company said in a release that previous rainfall has already saturated grounds along several portions of the route, and precautionary measures have been implemented to address potential issues to protect and maintain erosion and sediment controls. 

“We are taking all possible precautions in Virginia to ensure the safety of our crews and communities, as well as to protect and maintain erosion and sediment controls along MVP’s right-of-way,” MVP said in a release.

After consulting with the Department of the Environmental Equality, MVP announced Tuesday it has ‘halted the advancement of construction in Virginia’ until the storm passes.

“With the state of emergency now in effect across Virginia, we have diverted all resources in the Commonwealth for environmental maintenance and hurricane preparedness, including the securing of materials and equipment for potential wind impacts.”

The following measures are also being enforced: 

  • Fuel tanks, pipe, and equipment are being moved from floodplain areas
  • Equipment and other portable items are being removed from nearby streams and waterbodies; and temporary construction bridges are being individually evaluated and will be secured or removed, as necessary
  • Pipe will be secured in open trenches
  • Trenches where pipe has been laid will be backfilled to inhibit ponding
  • Installation of enhanced erosion and sediment controls at road crossings

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