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Gubernatorial candidates comment, or choose not to, on Mountain Valley Pipeline | Local News

“Governor McAuliffe gets it — a strong economy, clean energy and a healthy workforce all go hand-in-hand.”

Four years ago, when Gov. Ralph Northam was running to replace McAuliffe, pipelines were more of a campaign issue than they seem to be today.

Atlantic Coast, which was proposed to run closer to more populated areas than Mountain Valley, generated lots of controversy in part because it was financed by Dominion Energy. Work on the pipeline was stalled by legal challenges from environmental groups, and in July 2020 Dominion and its partner, Duke Energy, cancelled the project.

Mountain Valley moved forward, although slowed by the same legal attacks, and is now largely completed, it says.

At a Sept. 28 public hearing, project head Robert Cooper told the State Water Control Board that there were “challenges” controlling muddy runoff during times of record rainfall, but the problems have since been worked out.

However, the company must still obtain a permit from the board that would allow it to cross the remaining streams and wetlands in its path. The board, whose citizen members are appointed by the governor, is expected to make a decision at its meeting in December.

Opponents say the pipeline’s erosion problems — and its contribution to climate change once it starts delivering 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day — remain unresolved. They are pushing the water board to reject the permit.

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2021-10-09 21:00:00

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